A controversial law in Texas means a complete ban on abortions. It has a special structure: it is intended to give individuals the right to sue the person or persons who assist a woman in an abortion, from the moment the fetal heart activity can be detected on ultrasound. Since cardiac activity can be detected as early as the sixth week of pregnancy, when many women do not know they are pregnant, the new rules of practice mean a complete cessation of abortion.
Abortion activists claim that The Heartbeat Act contrasts with the ruling in Roe v. Wade, passed in 1973 that considers a woman’s right to choose as part of the right to privacy in the United States Constitution.
Lawyers come to different conclusions.
The Supreme Court gave at least a temporary green light to the law in Texas on the day it went into effect, September 1 this year. But the court was divided. Five Conservative members voted in favor of the law, while three liberal justices and Chief Justice John Roberts voted against it.
The Biden administration urged A federal court in the state capital Texas to intervene. A week or so ago, it was reported that the court had blocked the abortion law for the time being.
“This court will not punish another day for such an aggressive denial of such an important right,” Justice Robert Pittman wrote in a 113-page memorandum.
A federal appeals court later overturned his decision.
Now the Ministry of Justice is asking That the Supreme Court intervened again and put the law on hold pending a more comprehensive judicial review.
Later this fall, HD will also test whether a new ban on late abortions in Mississippi violates Roe v. Wade,
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