Supreme Court Blocks Challenge To Texas Pro-Life Heartbeat Law Banning Abortion After Six Weeks

The Supreme Court voted to uphold Texas’ groundbreaking Heartbeat Act late on Wednesday night, upholding new restrictions on abortion in the second-largest state in the country.

The Texas Heartbeat Act bans abortions of babies who have been developing for six weeks or more, usually when human fetuses develop a heartbeat.

The ruling isn’t the final legal challenge to the pro-life law. SCOTUS declined to halt the law’s enforcement while pro-abortion groups challenge the Heartbeat Act’s constitutionality in the court system. The attempted stay to the law was blocked in a 5-4 ruling, with Bush appointee John Roberts joining Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan in a dissent. In the dissent, Kagan opened fire at the justices who declined to rule in favor of abortion, assailing them in unusually personal terms.

Presented with an application to enjoin a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny, a majority of justices have opted to bury their heads in the sand,” said the left-wing judge.

The Texas Heartbeat Act also contains a provision enabling pro-life members of the public to sue abortionists who violate the law, ensuring that pro-life activists can hold those who perform late-term abortions accountable. The law entered effect just over 48 hours ago, as of Thursday morning.

Without the judicial appointments of President Donald Trump, it’s all but assured the court would block the enforcement of the pro-life law.

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