Oct 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Texas asks appeals court to swiftly restore restrictive abortion ban

Photo of a person holding a sign that says "in solidarity with Texan bodies"
A demonstrator at the Women's March on Oct. 2, 2021, which protested the new abortion law in Texas. Photo: Yana Paskova via Getty Images

Texas asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to swiftly restore the state's controversial abortion ban.

Why it matters: A federal judge granted the Biden administration's request to block the new law this week, calling it "flagrantly unconstitutional." Texas is appealing the ruling and wants the appeals court to allow enforcement of the ban while litigation is ongoing.

What they're saying: "There is no precedent for the district court's injunction; it grossly and irreparably interferes with Texas state-court operations," the state wrote in its filing.

  • "It also places state courts and their employees under imminent threat of contempt based on the actions of third parties that they cannot control."
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