AUSTIN, Texas >> A federal judge has blocked Texas from enforcing new anti-abortion measures that the Republican-controlled Legislature passed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the state’s far more sweeping law.
The temporary injunction issued Thursday by Austin-based U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel stops Texas from banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure. Similar bans have also been halted in Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
The Texas version was approved by state lawmakers, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, and had been set to take effect Friday.
Last year, the Supreme Court dismantled a 2013 Texas law known as House Bill 2 that led to the closing of more than half of the state’s abortion clinics.
Texas is expected to appeal this latest decision.