Author: JESSICA GRESKO | Associated Press
WASHINGTON-The highly divided Supreme Court allowed a Texas law that prohibits most abortions to remain in effect, depriving most women in the second largest state of the United States of their abortion rights.
Earlier on Thursday, the court voted 5 to 4 to reject abortion providers and other emergency appeals that tried to prevent enforcement of the law that went into effect on Wednesday.
The Texas law signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott in May prohibits abortion after a medical professional detects cardiac activity, usually in about six weeks, and most women know that they are Before pregnancy.
“In reaching this conclusion, we emphasize that we do not intend to finally resolve any jurisdiction or substantive claims in the applicant’s lawsuit. In particular, the order is not based on any conclusions about the constitutionality of Texas law, and In no way restrict other procedurally appropriate challenges to Texas law, including in Texas courts,” the court said in an unsigned order.
Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan objected.
Texas legislators enacted the law to evade federal court review by allowing ordinary citizens to file civil lawsuits in state courts against anyone involved in abortion except for patients. Other abortion laws are enforced by state and local officials and may be subject to criminal sanctions.
Opponents of the measure sought review by the Supreme Court after the Federal Court of Appeals refused to allow a rapid review of the law before it went into effect.