EXCLUSIVE: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to restore Texas’ ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion law, which took effect last month.
Texas is “appealing the district court decision to stay our Texas legislation on stopping abortions once a heartbeat is detected,” Paxton said in an exclusive interview with Fox News.
“We got a ruling from the federal district judge that would stay that law from staying in effect, and we’re challenging that and appealing that to the Fifth Circuit,” Paxton said, referencing a ruling from a district court judge who issued a Temporary Restraining Order blocking the legislation, known as Texas Senate Bill 8, on Wednesday.
“I do think it will be successful,” Paxton said of the appeal. “I think that duly elected representatives of people made the decision about how they wanted to address this, and I think the stay was premature. The judge hasn’t really heard the merits of the case, so this needs to stay in effect until we have a chance to present our arguments in court.”
One of the strongest arguments for the case, according to Paxton, is that the legislation