The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary stop, effectively halting U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman’s decision earlier in the week to issue a temporary restraining or against the ban on abortion. The Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (a Republican) had appealed against the decision of the lower court.
“Thank you for your support tonight. The Fifth Circuit granted an administrative stop to #SB8. After the ruling, Paxton posted on Twitter that he would fight federal overreach.
The appeals court decision means the abortion law is reinstated pending further legal actions. Pitman described the law in his previous decision as an “offensive privation” of constitutional rights to abortion.
Paxton said earlier on Friday that he believed the appeal would succeed. According to the Texas attorney general, one of its strongest arguments was the fact that it had been passed by elected representatives from Texas. “
The ban, also known as Senate Bill 8, was originally signed into law in May.
The law prohibits abortions after medical professionals have detected a fetal beat. This is usually six weeks before most women realize they are pregnant. Citizens can sue anyone who assists a woman to have an abortion.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.