AUSTIN, Texas — One month after the U.S. Justice Department sued the state of Texas to block Texas Republicans’ unconstitutional abortion ban, a federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction temporarily barring enforcement of Abbott’s ban by the state. Crucially, that includes judges — meaning that for the moment, Republicans’ attempts to have private citizens sue individuals to enforce their illegal ban are stymied. Because the injunction is temporary and subject to appeal, abortion rights in Texas are far from safe — but this news is a welcome step for the millions of Texans whose rights have been under assault from the Texas GOP.
Texas Democratic Party Co-Executive Director Hannah Roe Beck issued the following statement:
“Texas Democrats are celebrating the news of a temporary injunction to Abbott’s dystopian abortion ban. This ban is uniquely harmful, exceptionally cruel, and blatantly unconstitutional — and since this ban took effect, people across our state are facing unconscionable obstacles to important health care and gutted access to their constitutional rights. I’m incredibly grateful to the federal government for stepping in, doing the right thing, and suing Texas’ Republican government to block this ban.
“This injunction is an important step, but because it’s temporary, abortion rights are far from safe in the state of Texas. Texas Democrats continue to urge Congress to codify Roe v. Wade and ensure abortion rights are finally, fully protected for all Americans. In 2021, it’s an outrage that a handful of conservative politicians are still meddling in our right to make the most important, intimate decisions about our lives. Advocates have been fighting tooth and nail to protect Texans’ right to access abortion, and Texas Democrats — and people across Texas and around the country — have been rising up alongside them. We will not go back.”