Justice Division Asks Supreme Court docket to Block Texas Abortion Regulation

Oct. 19, 2021

The Division of Justice has filed a short requesting the U.S. Supreme Court docket quickly block a extremely restrictive abortion regulation in Texas.

Supreme Court docket Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. has requested officers in Texas to file a response to the Justice Division by midday Thursday, that means the Excessive Court docket might act extra shortly than regular, The New York Instances reported.

The Justice Division additionally requested the Supreme Court docket to hurry up the method and handle the Texas regulation’s constitutionality this calendar 12 months, The Instances mentioned. If that occurs, an appeals courtroom listening to scheduled for December can be bypassed.

The Texas regulation went into impact Sept. 1 and prohibits abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is often round 6 weeks.

The Justice Division transient mentioned the regulation “just about eradicated entry to abortion in Texas after six weeks of being pregnant. Texas has, in brief, efficiently nullified this courtroom’s choices inside its borders.”

The Supreme Court docket legalized abortion with the Roe vs. Wade determination in 1972. Since then, the Justice Division transient mentioned, the courtroom has dominated many instances that “a State might not prohibit any lady from making the last word determination to terminate her being pregnant earlier than viability” – typically accepted as 22-24 weeks into the being pregnant.

The Texas regulation “defies these precedents by banning abortion lengthy earlier than viability — certainly, earlier than many ladies even notice they’re pregnant,” the transient mentioned.

The regulation additionally has an uncommon characteristic that enables a citizen of Texas to deliver civil fits towards anybody who helps a pregnant particular person looking for an abortion, if solely by giving them a trip to a clinic.

Just a few days after the regulation went into impact, President Joe Biden mentioned he would launch a wide-reaching federal effort to overturn the “weird” statute.

The U.S. Supreme Court docket declined by a 5-4 vote Sept. 1 to behave on emergency appeals to place the regulation on maintain. A federal choose in Texas dominated Oct. 6 that enforcement of the brand new regulation may very well be halted whereas it really works its method by courtroom. However the Fifth Circuit Court docket of Appeals on Oct. 14 dominated that the regulation can stay in impact whereas it’s litigated.

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