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Demonstrators rally for abortion rights ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court reconvening Oct. 4. Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Whole Woman's Health, a Texas abortion provider, announced Thursday that it has resumed providing abortions past the six-week gestation period, more than a month after Texas' controversial abortion ban took effect.

Why it matters: The announcement comes less than a day after a federal judge granted the Biden administration's request to temporarily block enforcement of the ban, allowing medical professionals to offer abortions even after about six weeks of pregnancy without fear of legal repercussions.

  • The Justice Department sued Texas over the law, challenging the constitutionality of the ban on most abortions, Axios' Shawna Chen reports.
  • U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman, who made the ruling, also questioned the constitutionality of the ban, saying, "[a] person's right under the Constitution to choose to obtain an abortion... is well established."

What they're saying: "We breathe a deep sigh of relief after a federal judge has blocked the enforcement of Senate Bill 8," Amy Hagstrom Miller, President of Whole Woman's Health, said in a statement.

  • "Our clinic staff has been bending over backward to help as many of our patients as we can," she added.
  • "This is the justice we have been seeking for weeks and we are grateful that the court has finally stepped in to curb some of the suffering Texans have faced under this cruel ban."

Go deeper: Federal judge temporarily bars enforcement of Texas abortion ban.

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Oct 12, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado central to U.S. abortion debate as access fades

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Data: Myers Abortion Facility Database on OSF; Map: Thomas Oide and Sara Wise/Axios

Colorado is quickly becoming ground zero for abortion care.

Driving the news: Now that a Texas law has banned abortions in the state after six weeks, more states are expected to follow, Axios' Tina Reed writes.

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FDA panel endorses shot of J&J booster for adults

Photo: Wolfgang Kumm/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed a booster shot for adult recipients of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the initial dose.

Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.

Capitol Police officer indicted for obstructing Jan. 6 investigation

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping hide evidence of a participant's involvement in the Jan. 6 riot.

Driving the news: Officer Michael A. Riley, 50, is accused of telling the unidentified participant, referred to as "Person 1," in the Jan. 6 riot to delete posts from Facebook, which showed them in the Capitol during the attack.