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The Texas Supreme Court on Friday blocked a lower court order allowing some abortion.
The decision is the latest development in recent weeks for the state of Texas.
On Friday, June 24, the majority United States Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending constitutionally protected abortion rights nationwide.
The decision resulted in so-called “activation laws” in nearly two dozen states going into effect.
One of these laws, signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, prevented abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy pregnancy. This law is often called the “heartbeat law” because it prohibits abortion when the fetus is found to have a heartbeat.
Abortion providers across Texas were then forced to cancel abortions and notify those with abortion appointments that they were unable to provide services.
However, almost immediately after the law went into effect, some abortion providers rushed to keep the practice legal.
And their efforts were initially successful when a Houston judge issued an order earlier this week to reassure doctors and abortion providers that they were still allowed to continue abortions.
But, on Friday, abortion is banned again – for the second time in a week when Texas Supreme Court temporarily block the decision of the lower court.
Legal battles over abortion have raged in many other states over the past week as state and local governments navigate a post-Roe world.
The Texas Supreme Court decision is pending a hearing scheduled for later this month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.