Texas abortion law reinstated after 2-day halt

A US appeals court has temporarily reinstated a highly restrictive abortion law in the state of Texas two days after it was suspended by a federal judge.

The law, which took effect in Texas last month, prohibits abortion once cardiac activity is detected in a fetus, about six weeks into a pregnancy.

President Joe Biden's administration sued Texas over the law, arguing it was unconstitutional. In response, the federal district court judge issued an injunction on Wednesday.

However, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down the lower federal court ruling on Friday and temporarily suspended the judge's order blocking the abortion ban.

US media report that following the issuance of the injunction, some Texas clinics resumed abortions. But they now have to cancel appointments from patients as the ban on most abortions is back.

The law is considered the strictest in the nation. It gives private citizens the right to sue doctors who perform an abortion past the six-week point, and anyone else who helps a woman obtain an abortion, including those who give a woman a ride to a clinic.