CNN reports that a federal judge in Texas has stopped enforcement of a state law aimed at outlawing the most common second-term abortion procedure.
On Wednesday, US District Judge Lee Yeakel overturned Texas Senate Bill 8 — which was passed earlier this year and banned doctors from performing dilation and evacuation abortions.
“That a woman may make the decision to have an abortion before a fetus may survive outside her womb is solely and exclusively the woman’s decision. The power to make this decision is her right,” Yeakel wrote.
Texas, which has a Republican governor and attorney general, will appeal and appeal, just as Arkansas does in hopes that federal courts someday will have enough Donald Trump appointees to end women’s medical autonomy.
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The Arkansas legislature passed this same law, part of a batch of cookie-cutter bills from anti-abortion groups aimed at making abortion de fact, if not de jure, illegal by increasingly difficult procedural obstacles.
Federal Judge Kristine Baker enjoined the Arkansas law in July. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is appealing. She has a friendly forum in the right-wing Republican-dominated 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.