Federal Judge’s Order Temporarily Blocks Texas’ Abortion Ban

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The ruling from U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman allows abortions after the detection of a baby’s cardiac activity. That typically starts around six weeks — before most women know they’re pregnant. It suspends the Texas law which took effect in September. That law also forbids exceptions in the case of rape or incest.

A group of Texas abortion clinics says the procedures will resume for now, but the State Attorney General’s office says it will appeal — and it’s likely to win in higher courts.

Both the region’s appellate court and the U.S. Supreme Court have allowed the law to stand previously. Over the weekend, thousands of pro-life advocates rallied outside the Supreme Court in counter to a pro-abortion rally in our nation’s capital.

“There’s always someone that gets hurt,” said Students For Life of America member Elizabeth Nogueras. “It ends a life.”

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood in Colorado is reporting a 520 percent increase in Texas residents crossing state lines seeking its services. But Nissa Lapointe of Catholic Charities Denver says services for women is exactly what they offer.

“No matter where you’re at, where you’re coming from, what the law might be, Catholic Charities is here to help women,” Nissa said.