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Judge schedules October 1 hearing on Justice Department’s request to freeze Texas abortion ban

A federal judge has scheduled an Oct. 1 hearing for Wednesday to consider a request by the Biden administration to freeze a Texas law that bans abortions six weeks after conception and allows individuals to sue people believed to perform or assist with an abortion. abortion outside this window.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman’s order keeps the law in effect and allows Texas to oppose Biden’s Justice Department request by September 29. The administration can then respond before October 1.

The Justice Department sought to immediately block the law, saying it was unconstitutional. A September 14 filing detailed the law’s effects on individual patients, such as requiring them to take long trips out of state to terminate a pregnancy.

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