Texas abortion ban reinstated after just ONE DAY as desperate women in frantic 24 hour rush for proceduresOctober 9, 2021
THE Texas abortion ban has been reinstated just after one day as desperate women rushed for procedures in 24 hours.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the nation’s strictest abortion law, which bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected, usually at six weeks and makes no exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
On Wednesday U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman suspended the law for the “offensive deprivation” of the constitutional right to an abortion.
Knowing that order might not stand long, at least six Texas clinics resumed abortion services, according to Kelly Krause, spokeswoman for the Center for Reproductive Rights.
But officials immediately appealed against the ruling which has been set aside pending further arguments.
In a statement, Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights called on the U.S. Supreme Court to “step in and stop this madness.”
“Patients are being thrown back into a state of chaos and fear,” she said.
But Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted: “Great news tonight. I will fight federal overreach at every turn.”
There were roughly two dozen abortion clinics in Texas before the law took effect on September 1.
During the brief period, the law was on hold, many Texas physicians remained unwilling to perform abortions, fearful that doing so could still leave them in legal jeopardy.
The new law threatens Texas abortion providers with lawsuits from private citizens, who are entitled to collect at least $10,000 in damages if successful.
The 5th circuit appeals court had already once allowed the law to take effect in September, and stepped in this time only hours after Paxton’s office urged them to act.
His office told the court that since the state does not enforce the law, it cannot “be held responsible for the filings of private citizens that Texas is powerless to prevent.”
One of the first providers to resume normal services this week was Whole Woman’s Health, which operates four clinics in Texas.
Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman’s Health, said her clinics called in some patients early Thursday who were on a list in case the law was blocked at some point.
Other appointments were in the process of being scheduled for the days ahead, and phone lines were again busy. But some of the clinics’ 17 physicians were still declining to perform abortions because of the legal risk.
Planned Parenthood says the number of patients from Texas at its clinics in the state decreased by nearly 80 per cent in the two weeks after the law took effect.
Some providers have said Texas clinics are now in danger of closing while neighboring states struggle to keep up with a surge of patients who must drive hundreds of miles for an abortion.
Other women, they say, are being forced to carry pregnancies to term.
How many abortions have been performed in Texas since the law took effect is unknown.
“This is an answered prayer,” said Kimberlyn Schwartz, spokeswoman for Texas Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion group.
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