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Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Texas SB 8

by | Oct 7, 2021

Bill is Designed to Protect Unborn Children Whose Hearts Have Begun to Beat

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday night, Federal Judge Robert Pitman, an appointee of President Barack Obama, agreed to an “emergency” request from the Biden administration seeking to block the enforcement of a Texas law (SB 8) designed to protect unborn children whose hearts have begun to beat.

“Abortion stops the beating heart of a unique and irreplaceable human being,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “National Right to Life is grateful that SB 8 has likely saved over 3,000 lives since it went into effect.”

The state of Texas filed a statement with the court in response to the Department of Justice request in which it noted the “inflammatory rhetoric” the U.S. Department of Justice used in its filing. Judge Pitman’s ruling used similar language to that of the Biden administration’s appeal to block the law.

“Abortion is the greatest violation of human rights today,” said Tobias. “We are hopeful that, on appeal, the courts will recognize that unborn children have a right to life—which is our most fundamental right.”

The request to block the law that was filed by the Department of Justice is in line with President Joe Biden’s demand for whole-of-government action in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on September 1 not to block implementation of SB 8. The High Court’s decision was designed to allow the lower courts to examine the unique legal questions presented by the law—a decision consistent with proper legal procedures involving issues presented to the Supreme Court.

“Joe Biden’s whole-of-government action on SB 8 shows just how deeply this administration is in league with the abortion industry,” said Tobias. “In no other area, from Kabul to crime prevention, has Joe Biden shown such dedication.”

Texas plans to file an appeal of Judge Pitman’s decision to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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