The Texas Tribune reports:
Texas’ near-total abortion ban can continue to be enforced while the law’s constitutionality is decided, a panel of federal appellate judges ordered late Thursday.
The three justices of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — considered perhaps the most conservative appellate court in the nation — also agreed to hear oral arguments in the underlying lawsuit the Biden administration filed against Texas over the law.
A U.S. district court previously blocked enforcement of the law for two days before the 5th Circuit initially froze the order. The panel of 5th Circuit justices agreed in a 2-1 decision Thursday to let the law remain in effect until it considers the U.S. Department of Justice’s challenge. Judge Carl Stewart dissented.
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— 25NewsKXXV (@25NewsKXXV) October 15, 2021
BREAKING: U.S. appeals court lets Texas continue ban on most abortions, denying Justice Department request to immediately halt law. https://t.co/QtdszrkFm1
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 15, 2021
Now: Texas’s 6-week abortion ban SB 8 will remain in effect for now – the 5th Circuit has granted a longer-term stay that will keep a district court injunction paused while Texas pursues its appeal. The order is 2-1 with Judge Carl Stewart dissenting. pic.twitter.com/1rKPc3iENu
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) October 15, 2021
An appeals court said on Thursday that Texas’ near-total ban on abortions can remain in effect while the courts decide whether the law violates the Constitution.
The 2-to-1 ruling is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court.https://t.co/KNdqqHJATG
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 15, 2021
The most restrictive abortion law in the country will remain in effect, after a federal appeals court sided with Texas on Thursday in an ongoing legal battle with the Department of Justice. https://t.co/ruU9LUXBR1
— ABC News (@ABC) October 15, 2021