Texas’ restrictive abortion law is again in effect — for now — after a Friday order. It’s the latest twist in a dizzying legal saga that advocates say is having “devastating effects” on providers and patients in the state.

For a month, almost all abortions in Texas were prohibited when Texas’ abortion law was in effect. Then in early October, a judge temporarily halted the ban, which prompted some abortion clinics to reopen.

This lasted for two days.

A temporary order, issued Friday by a federal appeals court, could be reversed at any time when the court makes a more permanent ruling. But for now, it allows Texas to temporarily resume its ban on most abortions.

So yet again, appointments have again been cancelled, patients in waiting rooms have been turned away, and many have been forced to make last-minute trips to neighboring states to receive services.

Experts say that this back-and forth may continue.

USA TODAY’s Molly Duane said that “This isn’t our first rodeo.” “The pattern we witnessed last night is one we’re familiar with and although it wasn’t surprising, it was nevertheless extremely disappointing. Patients have suffered irreparable damage.

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Duane indicated that the case will be quickly moved back up to U.S. Supreme Court once it has passed the appeals stage.

But Brigitte Amiri, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, told USA TODAY there may be more legal back-and-forth on the way there, depending on what the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals ultimately decides.

Although we don’t know what the court will do, we can predict when it will happen and how much back-and-forth there’ll be. However, I believe we’ll see more of these in the weeks ahead as the case moves quickly to the courts.

Last month, the Supreme Court declined to rule on the constitutionality of the Texas law, allowing it to stay in place. For many abortion advocates, that 5-4 vote, bolstered by the support of the court’s conservative majority, was a foreboding sign of what’s to come.

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Patients and providers often have to deal with legal back-and forth.

Advocates say that Texas’ abortion law has caused chaos for people who seek abortion services and providers.

Nancy Northup was the CEO and president of Center for Reproductive Rights.

In a Friday statement, she said that patients are being “thrown back in to a state of fear and chaos, and this cruel law falls hardest on those who face discriminatory barriers in health care.

USA TODAY spoke with Amiri about the legal struggle in Texas that has “created chaos and devastation” for patients. Patients were offered a little hope when their appointments started being cancelled.

It’s very hard for staff, providers, and patients to experience whiplash,” she stated. “It’s destabilizing. It is dehumanizing and shouldn’t be.”

The Texas law’s supporters have expressed dissatisfaction with courts after receiving negative rulings.

Texas Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion group, accused “activist judges” of “bending over backwards … to cater to the abortion industry,” when a district judge temporarily halted the law.

The group called the latest legal turn allowing the law to take effect an “answered prayer.”

Meanwhile, Fund Texas Choice, a nonprofit helping Texans travel for abortion services, said Friday that patients “deserve better.”

“We knew this was likely coming, but we shouldn’t have to feel this level of back and forth where people’s lives and healthcare are at stake,” Twitter: The statement was made by the organisation. Everyone should be aware that abortions are available at their home, all year.

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Although not all Texas abortion professionals resumed their services when the law was stopped, others scrambled for new appointments. Now, however, many providers face the possibility of shutting down. The surge in patients from Texas is causing a rush to the neighboring states. And still other pregnant people may be forced to carry pregnancies to term.

Whole Woman’s Health, which operates four clinics in Texas, was one of the first providers to resume abortion services during the two-day reprieve.

Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman’s Health, said there was hope but also desperation because people knew “this opportunity could be short-lived.”

On Friday, Whole Woman’s Health saidFollow us on Twitter “we knew this would happen and that is why we provided abortions beyond six weeks the moment it was a possibility,” adding that “our patients deserve better.”

Duane stated that “health care cannot be switched on and off as this” and added, “The whiplash providers and patients experience of appointments being cancelled one day and then having them rescheduled the next day is very emotionally devastating.”

Contribution: The Associated Press

Contact News Now Reporter Christine Fernando at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @christinetfern.

Source: USAToday.com

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