The Supreme Court passed a law in the state of Texas early Wednesday that allows individuals to uphold a procedural ban after six weeks of pregnancy.
The court’s decision not to comply with an emergency request from abortion clinics in Texas comes as judges prepare to reconsider the right to abortion, which they introduced nearly 50 years ago. In May, the judges agreed to review the Mississippi 15 week gestation ban – a direct challenge against Roe versus Wade, the landmark 1973 decision to legalize abortion nationwide. Those arguments are expected later this year, with a verdict in 2022.
Aside from the fact that abortions are banned as early as six weeks after pregnancy, the Texas law signed in May would allow citizens to take civil actions against abortion providers or anyone who helps ease the process after six weeks, such as B. a person driving a pregnant person to the clinic. Those who break the law would have to pay $ 10,000 to the person who successfully files such a lawsuit – a bounty abortion law advocate would lead to harassment, intimidation and vigilance.