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Judge blocks Texas heartbeat law

Abortion supporters rally at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Saturday. Associated Press/Photo by Stephen Spillman

Judge blocks Texas heartbeat law

The Justice Department won the first round of its fight against a pro-life law in Texas. U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman, an appointee of President Barack Obama, ordered judges in the state to ignore the law while the department’s lawsuit against it is under review. In a furious opinion, Pitman wrote that he would “not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right.” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, fired back, saying, “Now an unelected judge has interfered with the clearly expressed will of Texans.”

What does the law do? It protects unborn babies after they have a detectable heartbeat, usually around six weeks of gestation. Unlike similar bills, this one doesn’t prosecute abortionists, instead allowing private citizens to sue them or anyone involved in facilitating abortions. The number of facilities providing abortions and the number of women seeking them in Texas plummeted when the law took effect on Sept. 1. It’s unclear how many abortionists will resume their services while the law is on hold.

Dig deeper: Read Leah Savas’ report in Vitals about how pro-life pregnancy centers responded to mothers’ needs after the Texas heartbeat law went into effect.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is editor of WORLD Digital. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.



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My Two Cents

To Janet B, I see the sign you mentioned. It is right up there with one I saw that said “abortion saves lives.” Yes, these people are resorting to extremes to get what they want. The consensus from pro abortion people these days seems to be that a fetus is not a person until it breathes air. Which isn’t science at all, of course, but only certain people are science deniers, and it isn’t them.

Janet B

First, this is quite confusing to me, because I thought the Supreme Court had upheld this law.

Second, did anyone look closely at the visible on the right? "Abortion is a human right. Life is not." There is a third line, but I cannot see what it says; "something and something." How can people be so ridiculously and dangerously ignorant?
It is not just the judges who need salvation!


Considering that in this country anyone can sue anyone, does it really matter if a federal judge orders state judges to ignore the law?


It is a VERY SCARY thing to think where Judge Pitman will be spending eternity.

My Two Cents

When did so-called rights become more important than saving lives?