Supreme Court Keeps Restrictive Texas Abortion Law in Place - Allows Clinics to Sue
Updated: Dec 13, 2021
On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion clinics in Texas can sue over what is now the most restrictive abortion law in the country, but left the law itself in place.
Abortion rights activists were dismayed and said that the decision is akin to green-lighting a path for other states to pursue similar actions and that this eventually may lead to overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
The Texas state law, which was signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott back in May, prohibits abortions once cardiac activity is detected, typically about six weeks for most pregnancies. The law also allows private citizens to file lawsuits against violators which has led many abortion service providers to be very wary of breaking the new law. It does not provide exemptions for victims of rape or incest.
The Justice Department was arguing that the Texas law conflicts with Supreme Court rulings that prevent a state from banning abortions early on in the pregnancy.
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