Supreme Court denies bid to block Texas abortion law!

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AUSTIN, Texas (PNN) - September 2, 2021 - The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a bid to stop Texas from banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, allowing one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the Fascist Police States of Amerika to remain in effect.

Senate Bill 8, known as the Texas Heartbeat Act, was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in May.

The law enables private citizens - except for an individual who impregnated a woman through rape or incest - to sue physicians who perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

It also allows for civil action to be brought against any person who allegedly aided or abetted a violation of the law. Individuals found to have violated the law would have to pay $10,000 to the person who successfully brings such a lawsuit.

The law does not provide an abortion exception for a pregnancy that’s a result of incest or rape but allows women to have an abortion for “medical emergencies”.

On Wednesday, the court ruled 5-4 against providing relief to abortion and women’s health providers who filed an injunction barring enforcement of the ban on Monday, while litigation continues in their lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.

The court declined to block enforcement of the law over the objection of three liberal associate justices and Chief Justice John Roberts.

“The applicants now before us have raised serious questions regarding the constitutionality of the Texas law at issue,” the court’s majority wrote in a short opinion. “But their application also presents complex and novel antecedent procedural questions on which they have not carried their burden.”

The decision saw one of the court’s six conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts, join the three liberals in dissent.

The court’s majority, in an unsigned explanation, said the decision “is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas’s law” and allows legal challenges to move forward.

Opposition groups, which include Planned Parenthood, said the law could lead to abortion providers, clinic staff, and others being “saddled with endless lawsuits that consume their time and resources and prevent them from providing health care services, ultimately forcing them to shut down.”

Opponents also say the law would essentially overturn the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Meanwhile, pro-life organizations such as Texas Alliance for Life welcomed the Texas Heartbeat Act and the Supreme Court’s decision.

“We celebrate the lives of unborn children who will be protected from abortion as a result,” said Dr. Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life in a statement.

“Hundreds of pregnancy centers and maternity homes throughout Texas are expanding their capacity and resources to meet the needs of women facing unplanned pregnancies who may seek their support,” he said. “Also, the State of Texas has increased funding for the highly successful Alternatives to Abortion program to $100 million for the biennium to provide services to 150,000 clients per year.”

Another pro-life group, Texas Right to Life, said in a tweet that the Supreme Court’s decision was “a huge victory for the pro-life movement,” one they hoped would be replicated across the nation.

The measure went into effect early on Wednesday morning after the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court did not act by the 1:00 a.m. ET deadline for the law to take effect.

Signing the measure into law in May, Abbott said, “Our creator endowed us with the right to life and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion.”

On Monday, state legislators also tentatively approved Senate Bill 4, which would bar access to abortion-inducing pills to patients who are more than seven weeks pregnant and also prevent them from being mailed in Texas. Current law allows practitioners to give such pills to patients who are up to 10 weeks pregnant.

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