Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Texas Heartbeat Act to Go Back into Effect

Saturday night the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay against the preliminary injunction that prevented enforcement of the Texas Heartbeat Act. That preliminary injunction was issued just two days ago by Federal District Judge Robert Pitman, an Obama appointee.

“We are delighted that the Texas Heartbeat Act is back in effect saving unborn babies lives from abortion,” said Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. “Saturday will not be business as usual for the abortion industry in Texas.”

Judge Pitman had sided with the Biden/Harris Administration’s lawsuit against Texas asking that the Texas Heartbeat Act be declared unconstitutional. The 5th Circuit issued the emergency order just hours after Texas Attorney General Paxton filed a request to stay Judge Pitman’s order, arguing that Pitman overstepped his authority as a district judge and that the Administration lacked standing to bring a lawsuit against a Texas statutory law in which the state had no enforcement authority.

The 5th Circuit also directed the Administration to respond by 5 PM Tuesday, October 12, giving the Administration an opportunity to respond before the Court makes a more permanent order.

The Texas Heartbeat Act, which protects unborn babies from abortion whose heartbeats are detected, was passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law last spring by pro-life Governor Greg Abbott. At nearly the same time, the Legislature appropriated $100 million for the highly successful Alternatives to Abortion program over the next two years. That program will assist 150,000 women with unplanned pregnancies each year. Services continue for three years after childbirth.

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.