The Supreme Court proves to be sharply divided in debating and agreeing to uphold the law in Texas that bans most abortions. This means that the majority of women are deprived of the right to abortion in that state.
The vote was extremely close, winning with 5 of 9 votes to deny the appeal of some abortion providers who wanted to eradicate this law. However, the judges clarified that this is probably not the last decision regarding said law since some challenges may be presented.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbot signed a Texas law banning abortions once doctors detect cardiac activity in the fetus. This happens around 6 weeks of pregnancy, usually, before most women even know they are pregnant.
This law is highly recognized throughout the United States of America for being one of the strictest, especially since the superior court of Roe v. Wade decided in 1973 decided to impose new restrictions on when to abortion. At least 12 other states in the nation have created bans on early pregnancy, but their enforcement has been blocked in most cases.
The decision to decline the removal of the abortion law was made after midnight Wednesday. Most of the people who were part of the case did not meet the minimum requirements required to have sufficient arguments to promote the arrest of the law.
In the unsigned jury order, it stated: “In reaching this conclusion, we emphasize that we do not intend to definitively resolve any jurisdictional or substantive claim in the petitioners’ lawsuit. In particular, this order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality. of Texas law and in no way limits other procedurally appropriate challenges to Texas law, including in Texas state courts. ”
John Roberts, the favorite Chief Justice, disagreed with the liberal justices of the court. The four dissenting judges wrote personal statements expressing their disagreement.
Likewise, President Roberts stated that although the majority refused the request, “the Court’s order is emphatic in making it clear that it cannot be understood that it supports the constitutionality of the law in question.”
The conservatives’ decision was described as “astonishing” by Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Likewise, she said: “Faced with a request to impose a flagrantly unconstitutional law designed to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny, most judges have chosen to bury their heads in the sand.”
Texas state legislators took it upon themselves to draft a law avoiding federal court review and allowing citizens to file civil lawsuits in state court against anyone involved in an abortion, even if they are not the patient. Likewise, state and local officials will enforce abortion laws with certain criminal penalties.