A federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama blocked Texas’s new pro-life law by issuing a preliminary injunction Wednesday evening in a suit brought by the Biden administration.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman ordered “that the State of Texas, including its officers, officials, agents, employees, and any other persons or entities acting on its behalf” are temporarily forbidden from enforcing the S.B.8., otherwise known as the Texas Heartbeat Act.
The Texas Heartbeat Act, which was passed by the Texas legislature and signed into law in May by Gov. Greg Abbott (R), went into effect on September 1. The law effectively bans abortions in the Lone Star State the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected, which often occurs after six weeks of pregnancy.