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Texas judge christine weems blocks abortion ban news today, birth control blocked

Texas judge christine weems blocks abortion ban news today, birth control blocked
At a rally in Austin on June 26, people who are for and against abortion argue with each other.
A judge has decided that abortions can temporarily be done again in Texas.

A court decision again threw abortion providers and patients in Texas into chaos. This time, they had to reschedule appointments they had just canceled a few days before.

On Tuesday, after a judge gave a temporary restraining order letting clinics offer abortions for at least two weeks without fear of criminal prosecution, the staff at Alamo Women's Reproductive Services, an abortion clinic in San Antonio, immediately started calling patients they had turned away on Friday when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Administrator Andrea Gallegos asked each woman, "Can you get here today?" She told him, "Just come as soon as you can." She knew the state could file an appeal at any time.

Gallegos said that the clinic did 10 abortions on Tuesday and has more patients coming in on Wednesday. Clinics that had sued the state, like Alamo, stopped doing abortions on Friday. On Tuesday, they rushed to take advantage of a temporary reprieve after a judge ruled that a pre-Roe ban enforced by Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and prosecutors would "inevitably and irreparably chill the provision of abortions in the vital last weeks in which safer abortion care remains available and legal in Texas."

People who want abortions and the people who give them don't think there will be another chance in Texas. After the Supreme Court's decision last week, there will be a "trigger ban" for 30 days. Paxton has also said he will appeal the decision made on Tuesday. Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee (D) said that the restraining order will last until the next hearing, which is set for July 12 unless it is extended. But, he said, it won't matter once the ban on triggers is in place.

Krea Lewis stood among hundreds of abortion rights supporters in Austin, Texas, at a protest on Sunday.
Krea Lewis stood among hundreds of abortion rights supporters in Austin, Texas, at a protest on Sunday.

Before the Supreme Court's decision last week, Texas had already limited abortions to the first six weeks of pregnancy, when many women do not know they are pregnant.

Texas is one of 13 states with trigger bans that are meant to go into effect if Roe is overturned. However, Paxton had already told prosecutors that they could pursue criminal cases under an unenforced 1925 law before the trigger ban went into effect.

Victoria, a 25-year-old single mother, was turned away from Houston Women's Reproductive Services on Friday. She was planning to go to Chicago for her abortion when the clinic called her Tuesday afternoon.

The woman on the phone said, "Come in at 2:30." "Today is the day."

When she talked to The Washington Post, Victoria asked that only her first name be used to protect her privacy. She then got in her car almost right away. She was afraid the rules might change again before she got there.

She said, "I don't know how long this will last." "But I'm so happy I made it."

The way that the Texas abortion law is enforced lets people sue anyone who helps with an abortion.

Whole Woman's Health and its nonprofit group Whole Woman's Health Alliance said they will reopen four clinics in Texas once they have enough staff.

In a statement, President and CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller said, "We immediately started calling the people on our waiting lists and bringing our staff and providers back into the clinics so that we could start abortion care as soon as possible." "Remember that Texas still has a two-visit rule, a 24-hour waiting period, a six-week ban, and other rules that must be followed. Even with these problems, the people who work at our clinic are ready and eager to see patients again.

Her groups asked the state for a temporary restraining order, and they were the ones asking for it.

The Southwestern Women's Surgery Center, which also sued state officials, will start offering abortions again. A spokeswoman, Robin Sikes, said that the center is "in close touch with our legal team to make sure we change course as this goes on in court."

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