A U.S. federal judge has ordered the state of Texas to temporarily suspend a law that bans nearly all abortions, upholding a request by President Joe Biden’s administration.
The law, which came into effect in Texas last month, prohibits abortion once cardiac activity is detected in a fetus, about six weeks after the onset of pregnancy. But critics say most women won’t know they’re pregnant at this point.
Nine days after the application, the Biden administration sued Texas, arguing it was unconstitutional. The administration has also sought an injunction to prevent law enforcement while his trial continues.
The Federal District Court judge issued the injunction on Wednesday, saying the court will not sanction the “offensive deprivation of such an important right” one more day.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that the decision was “an important step forward in restoring the constitutional rights of women throughout the state of Texas.”
U.S. media said Texas has appealed the decision.
Abortion remains a very controversial issue in the United States. The landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade, legalized abortion across the country.
The highest federal court must begin hearings on the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that prohibits most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.