The U.S. Supreme Court has been at the center of recent speculation that it would soon hand down a ruling in response to criticism of an anti-abortion law implemented in Texas.
This week, however, the nation’s highest court declined to make a decision, leaving pro-abortion advocates frustrated in their effort to seek a rapid reversal of the law.
Background on the controversial Texas ban
As for the underlying statewide ban, Texas Republicans approved a law restricting most abortions conducted after about six weeks into a pregnancy. As written, the law empowers citizens to sue abortion doctors and others who “aid and abet” in a prohibited abortion procedure.
The law has been in effect since September, at which point the Supreme Court declined to block it from going into effect.
Justices are currently considering who can challenge the law but not the substance of the ban itself. While the Supreme Court is weighing the matter on an expedited basis, many leftists are nevertheless growing impatient in their quest to see the law struck down.
Abortion proponents were not happy on Monday when the court’s only decision pertained to a groundwater dispute between Tennessee and Mississippi.
Progressive organization Justice Democrats, for example, accused justices of a “head fake” and doubled down on its calls to add additional seats to the bench.
“We cannot keep waiting for this Court to act”
“The Supreme Court has allowed Texas’s abhorrent anti-abortion law to remain in effect for 83 days,” the group tweeted. “We cannot keep waiting for this Court to act in the interests of the American people – it’s time to #ExpandTheCourt.”
Activists on the left, on the other hand, have called for an expansion since at least the Trump administration, which saw the addition of three conservative justices to the court.
Anti-abortion activists have been heartened by the court’s inaction on the Texas law, as referenced in a statement by Kim Schwartz of Texas Right to Life.
“The fact they haven’t intervened in any capacity is encouraging for us,” she said.