A federal judge in Texas has temporarily lifted a state abortion ban after a state appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional.
The decision came after a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas did not have to provide an exception to the ban on abortions following a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.
In a statement Friday, ACLU-Houston President Jameel Jaffer said the ruling will allow more Texans to have an abortion.
It also ensures that Texans will not have the opportunity to be arrested, and that abortion providers will not be forced to shut down, he said.
The ruling means abortion clinics will be able to continue operating in Texas, according to a news release.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.