Abortion clinics in Texas are appealing to the US Supreme Court to immediately halt the state’s strict abortion law because of the “significant damage the ban is causing,” Reuters writes.
Several lawsuits are still pending, including the Justice Department suing Texas, and the Supreme Court is reluctant to file a case before lower courts have ruled.
But that is exactly what abortion clinics now want the Supreme Court to do. Abortion clinics believe that the harm caused by the law means that it must be paused while it is being investigated whether or not it remains within the constitution.
The court that has governors The majority, in connection with already the law that went into effect at the beginning of the month, chose not to act on an emergency petition to stop it. The vote was as even as possible, five to four, and abortion clinics want the nine judges to take a stand on the issue again.
“Texas is in crisis,” the abortion clinics wrote in their court petition, according to Reuters.
They wrote that since the abortion law went into effect, pregnant women have been forced to travel dozens of miles to other states to have abortions, increasing the risks for women and stretching queues at neighboring state clinics.
The new rules came into effect September 1st basically means a ban on all abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy, which is the time when many women don’t even know they’re pregnant. The law also gives individuals the opportunity to report and prosecute abortions.
Abortion advocates in the United States worry that the law will undermine the right to free abortion, which was upheld in Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court nearly 50 years ago. President Joe Biden has said he intends to do everything in his power to challenge abortion laws and protect abortion clinics.
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