Thursday, May 23, 2024

A Texas judge decided on Thursday that an abortion could be permitted even amidst the state’s strict bans. The judge, Maya Guerra Gamble, ordered a temporary restraining order so that Kate Cox’s doctor could perform an abortion without facing consequences. The baby was diagnosed with a fatal condition. This case is the first of its kind since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, granting states the power to implement their own abortion restrictions. The Texas attorney general can seek intervention from a higher court. The state has been quick to assert that there has been no change in the laws. The issue of abortion continues to be a political challenge for Republicans. Texas law allows for limited exemptions. A lawsuit filed by Texas citizens aims to clarify the circumstances under which abortions are allowed under the law. The case is currently being reviewed by the Texas Supreme Court. If a doctor is convicted of performing an illegal abortion in Texas, they can face a prison sentence of up to 99 years and fines reaching at least $100,000. While abortion rights advocates argue that the provision is unclear.

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