A U.S. court of appeals temporarily reinstated Texas’s heartbeat law, issuing an administrative stay of a preliminary injunction granted to the Biden administration earlier this week by a federal judge that blocked the controversial law’s implementation.
“It is ordered that Appellant’s emergency motion to stay the preliminary injunction pending appeal is temporarily held in abeyance pending further order by this motions panel,” the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. The U.S. court of appeals directed the Department of Justice to respond to the emergency motion by 5 p.m. next Tuesday.
The stay, granted by the panel Friday night, is a win for anti-abortion advocates and lawmakers in the state after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion to the three-judge panel to stay U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman’s order.
“Today I have filed a motion to stay the District Court’s lawless order in the 5th Circuit. I’ll continue to fight against the Biden Administration’s overreach,” Paxton confirmed on Twitter earlier Friday evening. Following the most recent ruling, Paxton called the decision “great news,” saying in a statement on Twitter “I will fight federal overreach at every turn.”
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court declined to block the law that banned abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is usually as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The law also allows private citizens to sue those perform an abortion or help someone get one [MSN].