Abortion advocates have pushed back in courts against a Texas ban on most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
Thus far, however, they have had little luck, including a recent setback in front of a federal appeals panel.
Courts generally side with Texas Republicans
According to Fox News, progressive activists had hoped for a friendly ruling on Monday, but the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals instead voted 2-1 to send the case to a conservative-dominated state Supreme Court.
“The unresolved question of state law must be certified to the Texas Supreme Court,” wrote Judge Edith Jones in an opinion joined by Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan.
The only court to rule against the ban so far was a federal district court in Austin.
Abortions across the state have dropped significantly since the U.S. Supreme Court determined in September that the ban should be allowed to take effect.
President Joe Biden pledged to stop the “un-American” law, which allowed private citizens to sue abortion doctors as well as anyone who “aids and abets” an abortion in violation of the six-week ban.
“No end in sight for this injustice”
Of course, progressives determined to block the state restriction have faced a steep uphill battle in court. Supreme Court justices declined to block it a second time when the matter was presented last month — though it is worth noting that the ruling was based on procedural matters rather than the legality of the ban.
It remains unclear when the Texas Supreme Court will take up the case, but leftists seem to be treating the developing narrative as a daily defeat to their agenda.
The Center for Reproductive Rights condemned the appeals court ruling as a “delay tactic” and lamented that it would prolong a lack of access to “abortion care.”
In a statement on the matter, the group’s CEO declared that there “is now no end in sight for this injustice that has been allowed to go on for almost five months.”
The Texas law is considered one of the strictest in the nation. A ban on abortions after 15 weeks put Mississippi in the headlines as the matter appeared before the Supreme Court in a case that threatened existing abortion precedents.