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Tue Oct 12, 2021, 11:02 AM

Justice Department again presses to halt Texas abortion law

Source: AP

By PAUL J. WEBER

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ó The Biden administration urged the courts again Monday night to step in and suspend a new Texas law that has banned most abortions since early September, as clinics hundreds of miles away remain busy with Texas patients making long journeys to get care.

The latest attempt comes three days after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the nationís most restrictive abortion law after a brief 48-hour window last week in which Texas abortion providers ó following a blistering ruling by a lower court ó had rushed to bring in patients again.

The days ahead could now be key in determining the immediate future of the law known as Senate Bill 8, including whether there is another attempt to have the U.S. Supreme Court weigh in.

The law bans abortions in Texas once cardiac activity is detected, which is usually at six weeks and before some women even know they are pregnant. Although other GOP-controlled states have had similar early bans on abortions blocked by courts, the Texas law has proved durable because the state offloads enforcement solely onto private citizens, who can collect at least $10,000 in damages if they successfully sue abortion providers.



FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2021 file photo people participate in the Houston Women's March against Texas abortion ban walk from Discovery Green to City Hall in Houston. A federal appeals court is temporarily allowing the nationís toughest abortion law to resume in Texas. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the order Friday, Oct. 8. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)


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Omaha Steve Oct 2021 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2021 #1
Lonestarblue Oct 2021 #2
maxrandb Oct 2021 #3
ananda Oct 2021 #5
Bayard Oct 2021 #4
DeeNice Oct 2021 #7
hamsterjill Oct 2021 #6

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Oct 12, 2021, 11:06 AM

1. This situation is just plain infuriating.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has really got its heels dug in on this one.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Oct 12, 2021, 11:38 AM

2. The 5th US Circuit Court is probably the most regressive, right-wing court in the country.

Of the 17 active judges, 12 were appointed by Republican presidents. All but four are men. Because McConnell prevented Obama from filling vacancies, Trump got to fill six positions with right-wing troglodytes.

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 12, 2021, 12:29 PM

3. Congress needs to abolish the 5Th Circuit

Just use the powers of the Constitution and do away with the 5Th Circuit

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 12, 2021, 02:07 PM

5. Yep, without a doubt the worst court in the country.

It has been for awhile.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Oct 12, 2021, 01:13 PM

4. I don't understand the 6 week, "fetal heartbeat," thing

Doctors I've heard interviewed, say at that age, fetuses don't even have a heart formed yet. The only, "beating", to be heard is the sound of the monitoring machine.

Why is this fact not getting any attention?

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Response to Bayard (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 12, 2021, 02:17 PM

7. Yep!

Not to mention brain activity.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Oct 12, 2021, 02:14 PM

6. Somebody needs to step in and overrule Abbutt.

He fucking thinks heís king and so far heís getting away with it. Abortion and the mask mandate. Heís laughing in Bidenís face.

It would be so nice to see him (Abbutt) reminded that heís just a governor. Iím waiting.

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