The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Texas abortion case

The United States Supreme Court ruled on Friday that they would hear arguments in the case brought against Texas recently enacted anti-abortion laws. 

According to a report in Breitbart News, the justices are allowing the controversial legislation to be put into action in September of this year to stay in place while litigation continues. 

The law makes abortion illegal after cardiac activity can be detected, which is typically around six weeks, often before many mothers are aware they are pregnant, and the law did not feature any exceptions for rape or incest. 

Texas’ law’s lack of exception was particularly frustrating to many abortion-rights activists who considered it an undue burden on those who might be afflicted by such an action. 

However, Texas’ legislation was consistent with the pro-life worldview, which is that if the child is indeed alive, they have a right to remain so, regardless of how they were brought into the world.

So, the law takes the stance that many medical professionals take, which is that if there is a heartbeat there must be a life. 

The high court’s Friday decision was a partial victory for abortion providers looking to take Texas to task over the law, having already asked a federal judge to block the law.

However, the lower court’s decision will also be reviewed by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which, according to Breitbart, has already twice voted to allow enforcement of the abortion ban.

Chief Justice John Roberts and the three liberal justices dissented to the part of the majority decision in the opinion that said the purpose of the Texas law was “to nullify this court’s rulings” on abortion.

“The nature of the federal right infringed does not matter; it is the role of the Supreme Court in our constitutional system that is at stake,” Roberts wrote.

Overall, the vote was 8 to 1 in favor of allowing the suit to continue with only Justice Clarence Thomas voting against allowing the case to move forward. Thomas said he didn’t believe there was any case to be made by the abortion providers. 

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a separate opinion in which she took her colleagues to task for what she said was “delay” in the case that has had “catastrophic consequences for women seeking to exercise their constitutional right to an abortion in Texas.”

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