Recent comments by two neighboring federal appellate judges show the ideological divide over whether courts considering abortion bans—and potentially other pressing issues—should wait for U.S. Supreme Court guidance or push ahead.

As’s Avalon Zoppo reported last week, Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, sharply criticized what she called the majority’s ”stay-and-delay tactics” in declining to hear a challenge to a Tennessee abortion ban until the U.S. Supreme Court issues its forthcoming decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

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