TEXAS WOMEN. CHALLENGE AT YOUR PERIL
"Abortions resume in some Texas clinics after judge halts law."
Photo credit Stephen Spillman (AP)
A woman enters Alamo Women's Reproductive Services, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in San Antonio. A federal judge ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., calling it an "offensive deprivation" of a constitutional right by banning most abortions in the nation's second-most populous state since September, but abortion services in Texas might not instantly resume even with the law on hold because doctors still fear that they could be sued without a more permanent legal decision. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortions quickly resumed in at least six Texas clinics after a federal judge halted the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., but other physicians remained hesitant, afraid the court order would not stand for long and thrust them back into legal jeopardy.
It was unclear how many abortions Texas clinics rushed to perform Thursday after U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman suspended the law known as Senate Bill 8, which since early September had banned abortions once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks.
Prior to the blistering 113-page order late Wednesday, other courts had declined to stop the law, which bans abortions before some women even know they are pregnant.
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