Supreme Court ruling on Texas abortion law seen as possible Monday

Supreme Court ruling on Texas abortion law seen as possible Monday

WASHINGTON — It’s been almost three weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two challenges to Texas’ new law that bans abortion after six weeks and allows private citizens to enforce it through lawsuits — and many expected a ruling by now. Justices seemed to indicate they wanted to review and rule on the constitutionality of Senate Bill 8 quickly when they put the case on the fast track in October, setting oral arguments for Nov. 1. On Friday, speculation began to circulate that the court will finally issue a ruling on Monday. “#SCOTUS set to issue one or more opinions on Monday,” Steve Vladeck, UT law school professor and CNN’s lead Supreme Court analyst, tweeted Friday. “There is no *guarantee* that we’ll get the rulings in the #SB8 cases, but it sure is *likely* that we will.” In the meantime, the Texas law remains in effect, preventing women in Texas from accessing an abortion after fetal cardiac activity is detected, typically around six weeks of pregnancy. This cutoff comes before some women know they’re pregnant, and long before the roughly 22- to 24-week mark that five decades of Supreme Court rulings recognize and protect. “Every single day that SB8 is in effect in Texas is a travesty and an injustice for Texans who need abortion care,” said Caroline Duble, political director for Avow, a Texas-based abortion rights advocacy organization. “We are frustrated that the court is taking so long, and we have been frustrated with […]

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