Judge Robert Pitman issued a careful, detailed decision enjoining the Fugitive Uterus Act. Needless to say, 5CA acted with all non-deliberate speed to ensure that reproductive freedom in Texas was dead again:
A federal appeals court late Friday reinstated the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, which bars the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit granted a request filed Friday afternoon by the Texas attorney general to temporarily suspend a judge’s order blocking the law, which has halted most abortions in the state.
Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) had asked the appeals court to reverse the injunction by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Pitman, who sided with the Biden administration Wednesday night and characterized the abortion ban as an “unprecedented and aggressive scheme to deprive its citizens of a significant and well-established constitutional right.”
A three-judge panel of the conservative-leaning court gave the Justice Department until 5 p.m. Tuesday to respond to the appeal.
Meanwhile, Ken Paxton delivers the comedy:
In his filing Friday, Paxton said federal judges do not have the power to interfere with state court operations. Pitman’s injunction, he said, “grossly and irreparably interferes with Texas state-court operations.” “It also places state courts and their employees under imminent threat of contempt based on the actions of third parties that they cannot control.”
I remember Ken Paxton suing to try to get the Supreme Court to throw out the election results in other states based on literally nothing like it was earlier this year.