SCOTUS won’t block Texas abortion ban, but allows clinics’ suit to go forward
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday allowed clinics to challenge Texas’s controversial abortion law, but declined to block the law and dismissed the Biden administration’s challenge.
Politico reported that the court’s conservative majority slammed the door on several legal avenues abortion clinics and doctors sought to use to nullify the statute, the justices said state courts could act to block the law, and federal courts may be able to limit some fallout from the statute, like the threat to doctors’ licenses.
The Texas law bans abortion after a “fetal heartbeat” can be detected, usually around six weeks. It also allows private citizens to sue anyone who helps a person obtain an abortion for up to $10,000. Nationwide rallies took place after the law went into effect in the fall with states with better access to services seeing a sharp increase of Texas patients.
Illinois, one of those states, has seen a major increase in Texas patients, on top of people already coming from its neighbors. Organizations in the state stated that they would continue to provide the services to all.
“In Illinois, we are not waiting for the Court to decide the fate of reproductive freedom,” said Jennifer Welch, president and CEO for Planned Parenthood of Illinois. “Our doors are open and we are actively preparing for the waves of pregnant Texas people fleeing the state. Access to essential health care, like abortion, should not depend on who you are, how much money you make or your zip code.”
The ACLU of Illinois said Friday’s decisions were a warning.
“The Supreme Court continues to make clear that they will not uphold the ruling in Roe v. Wade, and instead allow states to enforce dangerous, radical bans on health care that is a fundamental, constitutional right,” said Ameri Klafeta, director of the Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project. “After a half-century of constant attacks fueled by misinformation and lies, the right to access reproductive health care continues to be denied to millions of people.”