Federal judge blocks Texas’s abortion ban

Source: CNN

“A federal judge in Texas issued an order Wednesday blocking the state’s six-week abortion ban. … The judge’s order is a victory for abortion rights proponents, who had seen other attempts to block the law stymied by the ban’s novel design. … Rather than task government officials with enforcing the ban, the Texas Legislature deputized private citizens to bring state court litigation against any clinic that performs an abortion. … Pitman’s order blocks any officer of the state — including state court judges and court clerks — from enforcing the ban. He explicitly prohibits those officers from ‘accepting or docketing, maintaining, hearing, resolving, awarding damages in, enforcing judgments in, enforcing any administrative penalties in, and administering any lawsuit’ brought under the state law.” (10/06/21)