Texas “Heartbeat” abortion law allowed to take effect again by appeals court amid legal fight in court

By | October 9, 2021

The Oct. 6 ruling had barred Texas from actions such as awarding damages to successful lawsuits or enforcing judgments in such cases. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed that ruling.
The pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List praised the Friday ruling.
“We are pleased the 5th Circuit has reinstated the Heartbeat Act while litigation continues. Every day this law is in effect, unborn children with beating hearts are saved and mothers are protected,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser in an Oct. 9 statement.
Pro-life leaders have pointed out that the Texas state legislature recently increased public benefits for low-income mothers, expanding Medicaid coverage for new mothers and $100 million in annual funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program.
Paired with the additional funding for mothers in need, the “Heartbeat Act reflects the clear will of Texans to both protect unborn babies in the law and provide compassionate support for women and families,” Dannenfelser said.
In early September the Supreme Court ruled that the abortion providers challenging the law had not made a sufficient case for relief from it, and declined to block the law in a 5-4 decision.