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Pedestrians walk past the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, United States on Sunday, June 20, 2021.
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A group of abortion providers and advocates, including Planned Parenthood, are calling on the Supreme Court to temporarily block enforcement of a Texas law that would ban most abortions as early as six weeks of gestation.
The petitioners say the law, due to come into force on Wednesday, sets the precedent set by Roe v. Wade would essentially reverse the landmark 1973 case that enshrined women’s right to abortion.
SB 8 was enacted in May by Republican Governor Greg Abbott. It prohibits doctors from performing or having abortions after they “detect a fetal heartbeat in the unborn child” except in medical emergencies.
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The law does not allow state officials to enforce these rules, but empowers anyone to bring civil actions against anyone who performs abortions or “helps or assists” them after a heartbeat is detected. These lawsuits can earn a minimum of $ 10,000 in “legal damages” per abortion.
If it went into effect, the bill would “immediately and catastrophically restrict access to abortion in Texas, ban the care of at least 85% of abortion patients in Texas,” and likely force many providers to shut down, the urgency motion filed Monday said .
This motion was filed directly with Conservative Judge Samuel Alito, who is handling inquiries from the Lone Star State. It was filed days after a lower appeals court refused to block implementation of the law.
Alito asked respondents – a group of Texas officials including Attorney General Ken Paxton – to respond to the appeal by 5 p.m. ET Tuesday.
“In less than two days, Texan politicians will have effectively overthrown Roe v. Wade,” said Nancy Northup, CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, whose organization helped the Supreme Court filing the motion, in a statement Monday.
The Supreme Court, which has a conservative majority of 6: 3 after the administration of former President Donald Trump, is already supposed to hear arguments in a potentially decisive abortion case from Mississippi. This state has urged judges to reconsider existing precedents preventing states from banning abortions that occur before the fetus is viable.
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