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Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Block Texas Anti-Abortion Law



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On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court refrained from blocking a new Texas anti-abortion law. The new state law bars any abortion procedures after six weeks of pregnancy. As a result, the Supreme Court’s 5-4  decision is a milestone in the battle between pro-life and pro-choice advocates across the United States. 

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Supreme Court Votes 5-4 in Favor of Texas Anti-abortion Law

The decision rejects an emergency lawsuit filed by abortion rights advocates questioning the legality of the new Texas abortion law.

Officials say that the refusal of the SC to hold the implementation of the law is not the final say. However, it does validate the actions made by Texas lawmakers to protect antiabortion measures from legal challenges. 

Within the SC, Chief Justice John Roberts plus the three liberal justices voted against the Texas anti-abortion law.

Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, along with Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, comprised the majority.

In addition to the close vote, the issue showed the extent of disagreement was among the justices. Prior to releasing its majority opinion (and four dissenting ones), the Supreme Court stayed silent as the new Texas anti-abortion law took effect last Wednesday.  

New Texas State Law Prevents Abortion After Six Weeks Pregnancy

Signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott in May went into effect September 1. It bars physicians from performing an abortion if they can detect the fetal heartbeat. Typically, embryonic cardiac activity starts to manifest around six weeks into a pregnancy.

As such, the Texas anti-abortion law covers an early time during pregnancy. Critics insist that six weeks of pregnancy is not enough time for many women to realize they’re pregnant. In addition, the new allowed time frame conflicts with current Supreme Court precedent.

Previously, the court forbade states from banning abortion procedures before a fetus can live outside the womb. However, the Texas Heartbeat Act (SB 8) provides a medical emergency exception. It does not have exceptions for pregnancies from rape or incest.

Raising Serious Questions

Meanwhile, the SC majority said that objectors to the new state law and abortion providers raised serious questions. These involve the constitutionality of the Texas anti-abortion law.

However, the majority of justices said that continuing litigation over the abortion restrictions raised “complex and novel antecedent procedural questions” that presented hurdles for the providers’ emergency appeal. “In light of such issues, we cannot say the applicants have met their burden to prevail in an injunction or stay application,” the court opined. 

Opposition From Liberal Justices

Meanwhile, the remaining four justices each offered their own separate dissenting opinions on the issue. They also worked with one another on their objections. Justice Sonia Sotomayor accused Texas lawmakers of cynically flouting legal precedents.

She also scored the court’s majority of disingenuously endorsing the lawmakers’ strategy. “Taken together, the Act is a breathtaking act of defiance—of the Constitution, of this Court’s precedents, and of the rights of women seeking abortions throughout Texas,” she wrote. Her opinion was joined by Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.

Watch the NBC News video reporting that the US Supreme Court allows Texas law banning abortions after six weeks to take effect:

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  • Billy Camota says:

    Every human being is created by God, not by man and has the right to live until God takes him home.

  • Joe Burkey says:

    It is ignorance that keeps the Abortion industry in business. If our schools would teach our children the miracle of human fetal development in science class we would not be dealing with this right now. It’s simple biology. It’s undeniably a human person and deserves protection not a death sentence.

  • Tony says:

    Jeremiah 1:5 say’s it all.

  • Peggy Morgan says:

    I agree with the six weeks but what I don’t like is what is being said about citizens reporting people and getting rewards. So is just so wrong. Like one person said a rapist or someone preforms the abortion then reports the person and they get the reward. If that really is in the law I am against that part.

  • Carol Gacioch says:

    No one talks about preventing pregnancy. How about abstinence.

  • Carl says:

    While a incredibly great news. It shows one thing, the left cannot look to Scotus to allow the raping of the constitution any more. We can thank Trump for this for decades to come.

  • David says:

    Isn’t there enough places that allow the murdering of babies? I guess it’s never enough for the left. Why is our society, and government trying to kill us from conception to untested, dangerous “vaccines?”

  • Marilin says:

    I agree with this, but I think there should be something there for the people who become pregnant from rape and incest. If the mother cannot look the baby in the eye and accept it for how it came to be, who is going to take care of it? Gay people who want to adopt? That sounds religious. Who will pay the bill for delivery? That is not just.

  • Derek Jones says:

    Pregnancy as result of promiscuity? Yes. Abort. Women should be like the Virgin Mary. However, pregnancy should not happen. Leave it to God. Only God, if He does exists, will or will not, allow pregnancy. Humans are basically stupid in that they allow their sexual instincts rule them. After all God gave Adam and Eve the free will to do as they pleased.

  • Anonymous says:

    Not all pregnancies will end up well. The mother must have a choice that is best for the baby and herself. God will understand and forgive.

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