A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the Biden administration’s efforts to stop a new Texas law banning most abortions, one that has become the country’s biggest roadblock to abortion in nearly 50 years.
The decision could push the new law closer to returning to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already once allowed the law to take effect, Fox News reports.
As previously reported by Human Events News, the new law prevents abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, saying that a physician is prohibited from knowingly performing an abortion if there is a “detectable fetal heartbeat.”
The law relies on citizens to file legal claims against abortion providers or anyone believed to perform or assist with an abortion.
Indeed, in a 2 to 1 decision, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the state’s request to keep the law in effect as the court case proceeds.
The panel said it would expedite the appeal and schedule oral arguments, but did not specify when.