From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution. — US District Judge Robert Pitman
From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution. — US District Judge Robert Pitman
Texas abortion provider resumes procedures after sixth week of pregnancy following judge's ruling
US District Judge Robert Pitman issued the order blocking the law Wednesday night in a lawsuit brought by the Justice Department last month.

... Pitman said Wednesday that Texas had "contrived an unprecedented and transparent statutory scheme to" deprive its residents of their abortion rights.

Rather than task government officials with enforcing the ban, the Texas Legislature deputized private citizens to bring lawsuits in state court against abortion providers or anyone else who assists a person in obtaining an abortion after fetal cardiac activity is detected, a point usually around six weeks into a pregnancy and often before a woman knows she is pregnant.

The enforcement mechanism, by design, has complicated the usual route abortion rights advocates take in seeking court orders to block extreme restrictions of the procedure. Pitman issued a sweeping order that included prohibitions on state court officials, such as judges, from moving forward with state court litigation brought by private citizens under the law.

Previous attempts by clinics and others to obtain court orders, including at the 5th Circuit and the US Supreme Court, to block the law had been unsuccessful.

"From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution," Pitman said in his order. "That other courts may find a way to avoid this conclusion is theirs to decide; this Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right."
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