SCOTUS refuses to enjoin Texas’ Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law
September 20, 2021
The Supreme Court has permitted a sweeping Texas abortion law to take effect on Wednesday, which prohibits most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and casts doubt on the future of the historic Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling from 1972.
The justices might make a decision as soon as Wednesday.
“Our emergency plea to stop Texas’ radical new 6-week abortion ban, SB8, has been denied by the Supreme Court. The law is now in effect. Millions of people have just lost access to practically all forms of abortion. The consequences will be quick and severe “The ACLU sent out a tweet. “The legislation prohibits abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when many women are unaware that they are pregnant. As a result, many Texans will be forced to carry pregnancies they do not want.”
Senate Bill 8, which would be one of the most stringent in the country, also allows private persons to sue anyone who assists a woman in obtaining abortion services and get at least $10,000 in damages.
On Monday, abortion providers asked the court for an emergency order to stop the law from taking effect while legal challenges are being pursued. They believe that the Texas regulations will “immediately and tragically” restrict abortion access for 85 percent of patients and cause numerous clinics across the state to close.
The state has until 5 p.m. Tuesday to set out its rationale for rejecting the motion, according to Justice Samuel Alito, who handles matters coming out of federal courts for the 5th Circuit, which includes Texas. He has the option of making his own decision or referring the case to the full court for a vote.
“Texas lawmakers will effectively overturn Roe v. Wade in less than two days,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is leading the legal challenges to the state’s law.
“Patients will have to travel out of state to receive constitutionally guaranteed healthcare in the midst of a pandemic. Many others will be unable to do so. It’s inhumane, unconscionable, and illegal “she stated
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