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Texas abortion ban remains in place after Supreme Court decision

Despite affirming the constitutionality of Texas’ controversial abortion ban, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments next month regarding the order.

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Despite affirming the constitutionality of Texas’ controversial abortion ban, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments next month regarding the order.

This law, also known as SB 8, went into effect on Sept. 1. It prohibits doctors from performing abortions after the detection of the heartbeat of a fetus, which usually occurs around the sixth week of a pregnancy. The court stated on Friday (Oct. 22) that it will be considering whether the United States. Department of Justice can challenge the legislation. It will also examine how the legislation was drafted.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s response to the Supreme Court’s ruling was harsh, as she criticized the other justices for continuing to allow the laws to stand.

“There is nothing remotely comforting” about the expedited hearing schedule for women seeking abortion care in the state, she wrote in a dissent. “The impact is catastrophic.”

It is the second time in a short period of time that the court has been served with an application to enjoin an act of legislation that violates the constitutional rights of women in Texas seeking abortion care, wrote Sotomayor. This is the second time in a row that the court has declined to act immediately to take protective measures to protect these women.”

Despite the fact that the court made the right choice to schedule arguments, abortion access in Texas won’t improve due to this ruling.

“Although the promise of a future judgment is reassuring for women in Texas seeking abortion treatment, they are entitled to relief now,” wrote Chambers. Consequently, women suffering from pregnancy complications may suffer personal injury by delaying their medical care, and as their pregnancies progress, they may not even be able to obtain abortion care at all.

As of right now, under SB 8, any individual who helps a woman obtain an abortion in Texas after six weeks is subject to a lawsuit for $10,000 or more. Attempts have been made by the Justice Department to block the legislation through litigation. Merrick Garland, the Attorney General, has previously described the measure as unconstitutional.

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