A federal judge has denied the request by the Joe Biden Department of Justice to temporarily block the Texas pro-life Heartbeat law and, instead, set a hearing date for October 1 to consider blocking it, KWTX reported:
The Justice Department requested the temporary restraining order late Tuesday as part of its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas aiming to overturn the law.
Instead of immediately acting on the request, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Pitman agreed to the state’s request to hear arguments before ruling. If the restraining order is granted, the law’s implementation will be blocked as court proceedings unfold.
The law will have been in effect for one month by the time the hearing is held. The statute outlaws abortions once fetal cardiac activity is detected — which can occur before many people know they’re pregnant. Texas abortion clinics worked until the last minute to finish procedures before the deadline and canceled future appointments. Some have even stopped offering abortions that are still allowed under the law, for fear of being sued.
Texas penned the law in such a way that it is tough to name a defendant which makes it complicated for a court to issue an injunction to block it.
In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court previously refused to step in to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.