Today—in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice—the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request from the state of Texas, allowing the state’s six-week abortion ban (S.B. 8) to take effect once again. The Fifth Circuit lifted a preliminary injunction that had been issued by a lower court on October 6, blocking the ban.
Statement from Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights:
“The Supreme Court needs to step in and stop this madness. It’s unconscionable that the Fifth Circuit stayed such a well-reasoned decision that allowed constitutionally protected services to return in Texas.
Patients are being thrown back into a state of chaos and fear, and this cruel law is falling hardest on those who already face discriminatory obstacles in health care, especially Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, undocumented immigrants, young people, those struggling to make ends meet, and those in rural areas. The courts have an obligation to block laws that violate fundamental rights.”