Texas abortion remains legal for the time being, judge rules

Abortion remains legal in the US state of Texas for the time being, after a judge on Tuesday temporarily suspended a 1925 abortion ban. News agency reports that Reuters.

A number of Texas abortion clinics filed a lawsuit Monday to prevent a 1925 abortion ban from coming into effect once the right to abortion in the United States is officially abolished nationwide. The judge ruled in their favor, finding that the 1925 ban violates laws passed since then. She blocked the old law on that for the time being.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday recommended that the constitutional protections for abortion, established in the 1973 Roe v. Wade judgment, be repealed. States are now free to ban abortion. But the court’s ruling won’t be official until the judges have drafted a formal verdict, a process that typically takes 25 days.

Several US states have laws in place banning abortion that will come into effect as soon as the official Supreme Court decision is published. In Texas, this law was supposed to go into effect 30 days after the court’s verdict, but it can’t go into effect after Tuesday’s judge’s ruling. The same thing happened in Louisiana on Monday.

Abortion up to six weeks

It explicitly concerns abortions up to six weeks, which can continue for the time being. The Texas abortion law is very strict and only allowed in the first six weeks of pregnancy. In Belgium, abortion is legal up to twelve weeks after conception, or in exceptional situations, for example when the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life.

“Every hour that abortion is accessible in Texas is a victory,” the prosecutors’ attorney said in a statement on Tuesday. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote on Twitter that he has immediately appealed the judge’s “wrong” decision and believes the laws governing Roe v. Wade are “100 percent in effect and be constitutional’.

On July 12, the Texas court will again consider the case. According to local media, the judge’s ruling extends access to abortion in Texas by two months at best.