Texas state officials Oct. 21 urged the Supreme Court to leave the state’s current abortion law in place, and they also advised the court not to fast-track abortion providers’ challenge to the law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
A U.S. court of appeals temporarily stayed the recent injunction on the Texas abortion law while it reviews the state’s request to reinstate the ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
The pro-life law known as the Texas Heartbeat Act lost a preliminary court battle on Oct. 6 as a federal judge blocked the law while broader legal challenges are underway.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law legislation banning abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected — at approximately the sixth week of pregnancy — making his state the largest in the nation to enact such a strict limit on abortion.