SCOTUS Denies Request to Strike Down Texas’ 6-Week Abortion Ban

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Wednesday to block a request from Texas abortion providers and advocacy groups to block a state law that bans abortion for women who are as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

According to the court ruling, Texas’ ban on nearly all abortion in the state will remain on the book because it is still too soon for the abortion advocacy groups to demand its discontinuation.

The court ruled 5-4 against the blocking of the state law’s enforcement. Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan were in dissent.

The court said that “it is unclear whether the named defendants in this lawsuit can or will seek to enforce the Texas law against the applicants in a manner that might permit our intervention.”

“In reaching this conclusion, we stress that we do not purport to resolve definitively any jurisdictional or substantive claim in the applicants’ lawsuit,” the majority said in a joint statement.

“In particular, this order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas’s law, and in no way limits other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law, including in Texas state courts.”


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