Republicans win in court: Texas abortion law back in effect

It is the next chapter in the controversy over the abortion ban in Texas: After the Biden government successfully sues the controversial law, an appeals court puts it back into effect. A final decision could be made by the highest US court.

In the legal dispute over the extensive ban on abortion in Texas, an appeals court ruled the Republican government of the US state right. According to the court ruling on Friday evening, the Texas government may temporarily reinstate the controversial law. “Great news tonight,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote on Twitter. However, the White House is expected to challenge the Court of Appeal’s decision in the US Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, a US federal judge temporarily suspended the highly controversial law that had been in effect since September 1 for a far-reaching ban on abortion in Texas. He upheld a lawsuit brought by US President Biden’s administration. The strictest abortion law in the United States prohibits abortions from the point at which the fetus’s heartbeat can be determined, i.e. from about the sixth week of pregnancy. Many women do not even know at this point that they are pregnant. Even in the event of rape or incest, Texan law does not provide for any exceptions.

There is also outrage that it is not the Texan authorities that are supposed to enforce the new regulations, but private individuals. Citizens are encouraged to blacken people who they suspect of assisting women with an abortion after the sixth week. In addition to abortion clinics and their employees, this could also affect relatives or a taxi driver who has brought a pregnant woman to the clinic. Whistleblowers will receive $ 10,000 if convicted.

The Supreme Court had anchored the right of women to an abortion in its landmark decision “Roe v. Wade” in 1973. Opponents of abortion hope that this ruling could be overturned after Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump appointed three new constitutional judges, moving the court further to the right. The Supreme Court rejected an urgent motion from Biden’s government against the Texas abortion law in early September. However, the Supreme Court did not cite substantive reasons, only procedural reasons.