A federal judge has rejected the Biden administration’s emergency request to block a Texas abortion law, marking the latest setback for abortion advocates seeking to overturn the pro-life measure.
In a one-page opinion released Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robert Pittman rejected the request of the U.S. Department of Justice to issue a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction against Texas’ Senate Bill 8. The law, which went into effect Sept. 1, bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks gestation. It also allows private citizens to sue individuals who perform abortions and those who help women obtain illegal abortions.
“This case presents complex, important questions of law that merit a full opportunity for the parties to present their positions to the Court,” wrote Pittman, appointed by former President Barack Obama to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. “Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the United States’ Opposed Motion for Expedited Briefing Schedule … is DENIED.”