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The Texas Supreme Court on Friday blocked a lower court order allowing certain abortions.
The decision is the latest development in a crazy few weeks for the state of Texas.
On Friday, June 24, a majority of the United States Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending constitutionally protected abortion rights nationwide.
The decision resulted in so-called “trigger laws” taking effect in nearly two dozen states.
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One such law, signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, prevented abortions beyond the sixth week of pregnancy. The law is commonly referred to as the “heartbeat law” because it prohibits abortions once a heartbeat is detected in a fetus.
Abortion service providers across Texas were later forced to cancel abortion operations and alert those with abortion appointments that they were unable to provide the service. .
Almost immediately after the law took effect, however, some abortion providers rushed to maintain the legality of the practice.
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And their efforts were initially crowned with success when a Houston judge issued an order earlier this week reassuring doctors and abortion service providers that they would still be allowed to resume abortions.
But, on Friday, abortions were banned again – for the second time in a week when the Texas Supreme Court temporarily blocked the lower court’s decision.
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Legal battles over abortion erupted in many more states last week as state and local governments navigate a post-Roe world.
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The Texas Supreme Court decision is pending a hearing scheduled for later this month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.