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2 abortion clinics remain operational in Houston after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an emergency request

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Two Houston clinics continue to offer abortions after the Texas Attorney General’s petition to the Texas Supreme Court for a prohibition.

The Houston Women’s Clinic and Houston Women’s Reproductive Services have been legally offering early abortions since a Harris County judge issued an injunction on Tuesday preventing the state from enforcing a near-total abortion ban until at least July 12.

Attorney General Ken Paxton has requested that the injunction be lifted immediately.

“The trial court wrongly ordered the enforcement of Texas’ longstanding bans on elective abortion,” Paxton said in a statement. “Make no mistake: The lower court’s wrongful order does not immunize criminal behavior that may be punished at a later date once the injunction is lifted. My office will not hesitate to defend unborn Texans who are at risk from the plaintiffs’ wrongful actions and the trial court’s erroneous order.”

Paxton did not respond to ABC13’s request.

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Speaking to the media, national abortion advocates from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood said they are working together to try to extend the time abortions can legally take place in states like Texas -Total ban has already been issued and will come into force soon.

They have now filed lawsuits in 11 states across the country.

“Every extra day, every extra hour that we can block a ban makes a huge difference to patients in the waiting room,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

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