State moves to reinstate abortion law
Texas on Friday asked a federal appeals court to swiftly reinstate the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., as some abortion clinics in the state resumed normal services for the first time since early September.
The request by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton came two days after a judge in Austin suspended the law, which bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks.
His office is seeking an emergency order that would freeze the ruling issued Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman.
It puts the case before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which previously allowed the law to move forward.