WASHINGTON-On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden blasted a Texas law that bans most abortions in the state. Hours before the Supreme Court refused to take action on urgent requests from abortion rights groups. To prevent the measure from taking effect.
In a statement, abortion rights supporter Biden, like many U.S. Democrats, stated that the Southwestern state’s laws “flagrantly violated the constitutional rights established by the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade in 1973. “And stated that women have the constitutional right to terminate pregnancy in the first six months when the fetus cannot survive outside the womb.
Texas is one of more than a dozen states mainly led by the Republican Party. It has issued a “heartbeat” abortion ban. Once the rhythmic contraction of the fetal heart tissue can be detected, usually within six weeks, sometimes in female consciousness. The procedure will be banned until oneself becomes pregnant.
The court has blocked such injunctions in the past.
The unusual thing about the Texas anti-abortion law is that it gives ordinary citizens the power to enforce the law, allowing them to sue abortion providers and anyone who “helps or abets” an abortion six weeks later. Those who win such lawsuits will be entitled to at least $10,000.
Biden said: “Texas laws will severely impair women’s access to the medical care they need, especially for communities of color and low-income individuals.”
“Moreover, it’s outrageous that it’s acting on behalf of ordinary citizens to file a lawsuit against anyone they think is helping others to have an abortion. This may even include family members, health care workers, front desk staff at health care clinics, or people who have no contact. Strangers are personal,” the American leader said.
Biden stated that his administration was “firmly committed” to defending the abortion rights established in the 1973 decision.
Supporters of the Texas abortion law welcomed the Supreme Court’s inaction.
“There is no doubt that today is a historic and hopeful day,” said Chelsea Youman, an officer of the Human League Action Team in Texas, who is committed to passing the law. “Texas is the first state that successfully protects the most vulnerable among us, the unborn child, and prohibits abortion once their heartbeat is detected.”
Abortion providers in Texas, including Planned Parenthood and Whole Women’s Health, have stated that they will no longer terminate a pregnancy more than six weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period.
The right to abortion is one of the most controversial issues in American political life.
Although national opinion polls show that most Americans support the retention of the Roe ruling nearly five years ago, the conservative state legislature led by the Republican Party has approved a series of laws restricting the number of abortions, and some anti-abortion lawmakers are active. Petition to high-level courts to completely ban the procedure.
Even if conservatives have a 6 to 3 majority, the Supreme Court can still block the Texas law.
The High Court has agreed to hear arguments about Mississippi state law for the upcoming term beginning in October, which prohibits most abortions after 15 weeks, significantly before the fetus survives.