In response to a suit filed by the Dept. of Justice, Judge Robert Pitman —who serves on the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas— issued a ruling that suspends enforcement of the Texas abortion law until the law has been properly examined by the courts:
“Despite the State’s attempts to obscure the question … people seeking abortions face irreparable harm when they are unable to access abortions; these individuals are entitled to access to abortions under the U.S. Constitution; S.B. 8 prevents access to abortion; a preliminary injunction will allow — at least for some subset of affected individuals — abortions to proceed that otherwise would not have…
“Above all, it is the intentional design of the law by state actors for the chief purpose of avoiding judicial review that sets it apart — and makes it particularly likely to be appropriate for this Court to enjoin,” wrote Pitman, an appointee of President Barack Obama based in Austin, Texas.”
Texas, America’s Lab for Bad Policy, of course appealed the decision
“Within about an hour of Pitman releasing his decision, Texas filed a notice appealing the decisionto the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, with the outcome of that appeal likely to wind up at the Supreme Court within weeks.”
And so it will now go before the SCOTUS, the merry band of grim-faced forced birth enthusiasts and political hacks. How many more of the Republican Justices will be giving I-Am-Not-A-Witch speeches between now and then?