Appeals court temporarily reinstates Texas abortion law

Texas on Friday called on a federal appeals court to intervene “as soon as possible” to restore the abortion law and filed its motion after Pitman said he was concerned about the design of the Texas statue, making it difficult for abortion law advocates to to contest it because of the lack of direct involvement of state officials or prosecutors.

“It is above all the deliberate design of the law by state actors with the main purpose of avoiding judicial review that distinguishes it – and makes it particularly likely that this court will order it,” wrote Pitman, an appointee of President Barack Obama based in Austin, Texas in a 113-page ruling on Wednesday.

Texas’ 5th Appeals Court, with three Conservative judges, consisted of Carl Stewart, a Bill Clinton-appointed agent, Catharina Haynes, a George W. Bush-appointed agent, and James Ho, a Donald Trump-appointed agent.

Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.

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