Update October 15th: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in a 2-1 decision on Thursday, October 14th, to let enforcement of the near-total abortion ban continue. 

Update October 11th: On Friday, October 8th, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to again temporarily allow enforcement of Texas’ near-total abortion ban. Because the wording of SB8 allows for retroactive endorsement, anyone who helped someone get an abortion while the law was blocked can be sued.

Five weeks after the passing of Senate Bill 8 (SB8), the near-total ban on abortion in Texas has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge as part of the Biden administration's lawsuit against the state.

On October 6, 2021, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman, located in Austin, issued an order to halt enforcement of the law, which would allow private citizens to sue anyone involved in aiding or abetting an abortion. The ruling additionally stops state