Abortion criminalized again in Texas following state Supreme Court intervention

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Abortion is criminalized in Texas for the second time in one week after the state Supreme Court on Friday night temporarily blocked a lower court order that allowed abortion for up to six weeks, CBN News reports.

Filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the case will be heard in full in the state Supreme Court later this month.

Texas’ pre-Roe anti-abortion laws came back into effect after the June 24 US Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization to reverse the federal right to abortion it had conferred in the 1973 landmark case of Roe v Wade.

However, on June 29 a District court in Harris County issued a temporary restraining order on the abortion ban, allowing the procedure up to six weeks’ gestation.

“Today a Harris County judge froze pre-Roe laws criminalizing abortion in TX. But w/ SCOTUS’s Dobbs decision, these laws are 100% in effect & constitutional,” Paxton said on Twitter last week.

“The judge’s decision is wrong. I’m immediately appealing. I’ll ensure we have all the legal tools to keep TX pro-life!” Paxton said.

In a subsequent triumphant tweet following the Texas Supreme Court decision Friday, Paxton wrote: “Pro-life victory! Thanks to my appeal, SCOTX has slapped down the abortion providers and the district court carrying their water. Our state’s pre-Roe statutes banning abortion in Texas are 100% good law. Litigation continues, but I’ll keep winning for Texas’s unborn babies.”

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