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Appeals court allows Texas abortion law to stay in place while legal challenges play out

FILE – In this Tuesday, May 21, 2019 file photo, An abortion rights advocate holds a sign at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Republican lawmakers in at least a half dozen GOP-controlled states already are talking about copying a Texas law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The law was written in a way that was intended to avoid running afoul of federal law by allowing enforcement by private citizens, not government officials. Democratic governors and lawmakers are promising to take steps to protect abortion rights, after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the Texas law to stand. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) Rogelio V. Solis/AP

Appeals court allows Texas abortion law to stay in place while legal challenges play out

Daniel Chaitin October 14, 09:48 PMOctober 14, 09:56 PM

A restrictive Texas abortion law will remain in effect as legal challenges play out, according to a new federal appeals court ruling against the Justice Department.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued a 2-1 order on Thursday, keeping in place a district court injunction while expediting the appeal.

The case is expected to work its way up to the Supreme Court.

https://twitter.com/ZoeTillman/status/1448819871303806980

Under TX S.B. 8, abortions are prohibited after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks, and makes no exceptions for rape or incest. Additionally, individuals are allowed to file lawsuits against anyone who “aids or abets” a prohibited abortion.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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