A US judge has temporarily blocked a new law in Texas that effectively bans women from having an abortion.
District Judge Robert Pitman granted a request by the Biden administration to prevent any enforcement of the law while its legality is being challenged.
The law, which prohibits women in Texas from obtaining an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, was drafted and approved by Republican politicians.
The White House praised the latest ruling as an important step. "The fight has only just begun, both in Texas and in many states across this country where women's rights are currently under attack," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
Texan officials immediately appealed the ruling, setting the stage for further court battles.