After the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade last week,  multiple abortion clinics asked the courts to put a temporary pause on a pre-Roe Texas law that outlaws abortion in the state.

While Harris County Judge Christine Weems issued a temporary restraining order against enforcement of those laws against certain abortion facilities earlier this week, the Texas Supreme Court has stepped in, blocking the lower court’s order on the grounds she has no jurisdiction to enjoin enforcement of the abortion ban, allowing the state’s ban on abortion to continue for now.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who sought the relief from the state’s highest civil court, had maintained that the laws were “100% in effect and constitutional” despite the Harris County Judge’s order.

With the Texas Supreme Court’s latest action, Paxton celebrated the move as a “pro-life victory.”

For now, however, the relief is temporary as litigation continues in the next couple weeks.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens