Judge Nixes DOJ Bid to Pause Texas Abortion Law, Sets Oct. 1 Hearing on Matter

Judge Nixes DOJ Bid to Pause Texas Abortion Law, Sets Oct. 1 Hearing on Matter Judge Nixes DOJ Bid to Pause Texas Abortion Law, Sets Oct. 1 Hearing on Matter (Dreamstime)

By Jeffrey Rubin | Thursday, 16 September 2021 05:55 PM

A federal judge on Wednesday scheduled an Oct. 1 hearing to consider the merits of a Department of Justice bid to block Texas' new abortion restreiction, which effectively bans the procedure in almost all cases after about the sixth week of pregnancy.

According to The Hill, the scheduling comes a day after the DOJ filed an emergency motion, aiming to stop enforcement because it denies women their "constitutional rights.”

Rather than act on the call to freeze the law, The Hill said, federal District Judge Robert L. Pitman will hear arguments at the Lone Star State's request. The news outlet cited reporting by The Texas Tribune.

The Hill further said Texas has until Sept. 29 to make its arguments in favor of the law, which some pro-abortion advocates fear sets the stage for an eventual overturning of the landmark case Roe v. Wade.

The DOJ then has until a few days later, on Oct. 1, to respond to those arguments.

This is a developing story.