The Department of Justice now has until Oct. 12 to reply to the ruling, and the ban remains in effect until then.
Before a lower court intervened, Texas was allowed to keep its abortion law, Senate Bill 8, in effect for roughly five weeks. In that time, providers say they were forced to turn away hundreds of people seeking abortions.
Because most people don’t realize they are pregnant until after six weeks, the majority of people seeking abortions in Texas were unable to get the procedure. Texas’ law makes no exception for victims of rape or incest. The only exception to the ban was to save the life of the pregnant person in a medical crisis.
Aside from being one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, it was also uniquely designed to evade court action.