CHICAGO – Opponents of a new Texas ban on most abortions filed a lawsuit in Illinois on Tuesday after being thwarted for weeks by courts elsewhere in their efforts to block the country’s most restrictive abortion law .
The latest legal challenge came as the Biden administration waited for a federal judge in Austin, Texas to rule on a request to stop the law known as Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions in Texas once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks. A hearing was held on Friday but there was no timeline on a decision.
Although courts have blocked similar measures elsewhere in the United States, the Texas law has remained in effect since early September, as it leaves the application only to private citizens, who are entitled to at least $ 10,000 in damages. -interests if they prevail in a lawsuit against abortion providers. .
A San Antonio doctor who admitted to defying the law was quickly prosecuted – but not by anti-abortion advocates. Instead, he was sued by former Illinois and Arkansas lawyers who oppose the law and try to force a court to rule.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is now asking an Illinois federal court to consolidate the lawsuits against Dr. Alan Braid and declare the law unconstitutional.
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