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The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision that had put a temporary halt to the Texas abortion law’s enforcement.
The abortion law has been reinstated as a result of the appeals court ruling, pending further legal action.
Senate Bill 8, commonly known as SB 8, was first signed into law in May.
The legislation prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected by medical specialists, which generally occurs around six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women are aware that they are pregnant.
A federal district court judge in Austin, Texas, described the legislation as a “offensive restriction” of the constitutional right to abortion in a previous ruling.