Supreme Court hears argument on Texas abortion ban, appears sympathetic to abortion provider’s suit
(Worthy News) – The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on challenges to the Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Following three hours of argument presentation and questioning, a majority of the justices appeared willing to allow abortion providers in Texas to continue their challenge against the state’s new law.
Defenders of the recently enacted law (S.B. 8) argued its enforcement mechanism shields it from federal court review. The state asked the high court to block a lawsuit brought in federal court by abortion clinics in Texas. Most of the justices indicated that they would be willing to allow the challenge to move forward.
However, the justices appeared less sympathetic to allowing a separate case – also argued Monday – brought by the Justice Department, to proceed. In both cases, the justices have to decide whether the entity in question (Texas abortion providers and the DOJ, respectively) have the legal right to challenge S.B. 8 and seek orders preventing state court clerks and judges from acting in response to lawsuits brought about by violations of the law, recently signed by GOP Gov. Gregg Abbott. [ Source: Just the News (Read More…) ]