In the much anticipated Texas Abortion Case, where the law in the state prohibits females from undergoing an abortion, even if the faintest heartbeat of the fetus is detected was in debate. The statement is controversial as the time period is so narrow that it does not even allow enough of a window period where a female can be sure that she is pregnant.
The law also came under the spotlight as it encourages public vigilantism, and rewards the same. By exploiting the legal loophole, where state authorities are taking no action, but encourage people to spy on others and register complaints against those undergoing the procedure.
The encouragement goes a notch higher when, on a successful case being made, they are monetarily rewarded, whereas they face no consequence, in case it is a false alarm.
It was expected to be contradicted by the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, however, the State of Texas claims that it has no role here, as the State is interested in the unborn fetus, and therefore holds the right to protect it.
On Monday, when the media, the Texan women, and all those around the country were looking forward to a sound judgment outlawing the provision, the Supreme Court prolonged its life by 83 days and allowed it to be in force.
People, media, and especially liberals were quick to jump and express their dismay. “The Supreme Court has allowed Texas’s abhorrent anti-abortion law to remain in effect for 83 days,” Demand Justice, a pro-court-packing organization, tweeted. “We cannot keep waiting for this Court to act in the interests of the American people – it’s time to #ExpandTheCourt.”
Demand Justice Executive Director Brian Fallon expressed discontent and stated, “It is insane we let the third branch of government conduct itself with so little transparency when it comes to rights this fundamental.”
The matter was already being heard on an expedited basis, which gave the impression that the apex court is seriously going to delve into the matter and give a sound, and landmark judgment. The expectations soon turned to dust, when the court instead issued an opinion on a groundwater dispute between Tennessee and Mississippi.
The case is however not the only one on the subject, as on December 1st the Supreme Court will also be hearing oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is about a similar abortion law that bars abortions after 15 weeks for the women of Mississippi. That case is on the substance of the law and could potentially result in the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which currently established a landmark ruling of women’s choice and right over their body being protected under the constitution.