A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked the new Texas abortion law, which prohibited abortions after about six weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. The law, which was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and went into effect on Sept. 1, also permitted private citizens to sue medical providers and others who facilitated abortions for at least $10,000.
Prior to Sept. 1, Texas had allowed abortions up to 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The Justice Department sued Texas in early September, with Attorney General Merrick Garland arguing that “the act is clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent.”
U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman‘s ruling means that medical providers