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SCOTUS grants expedited review of Texas abortion ban

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The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an expedited review for SB 8, the Texas law that banned abortion after six weeks and allows private citizens to enforce it.

Politico reported on Friday, Oct. 22, that the court will take up a pair of challenges to the law on an accelerated timetable with arguments scheduled for Nov. 1.

The two challenges are the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit, which has support from 25 state attorneys general, and abortion providers who say there were intimidated by the threat of private lawsuits under the law.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor had a partial dissent on Friday, according to the website. She said that the court should block the law while it is under consideration.

“Women seeking abortion care in Texas are entitled to relief from this Court now,” Sotomayor wrote. “Because of the Court’s failure to act today, that relief, if it comes, will be too late for many.”

Politico reported that the arguments would come a month before a hearing about a similar Mississippi law.

Briefs in the case are due by Wednesday afternoon, the political news site reported.

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