Supreme Court refuses to block Texas abortion law on technical grounds

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Supreme Court refuses to block Texas abortion law on technical grounds
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Supreme Court refuses to block Texas abortion law on technical grounds
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In a 5-4 decision Wednesday night, The U.S. Supreme Court formally rejected a request by Texas abortion providers to block the state’s severe new law restricting the procedure while legal challenges continue.

The law will make most abortions illegal after six weeks of pregnancy and encourage anyone to sue a person they believe is providing an abortion or assisting someone in getting an abortion after six weeks.

The unsigned order from the court said the providers had “raised serious questions regarding the constitutionality of the Texas law at issue” but added “their application also presents complex and novel antecedent procedural questions” that they were unable to resolve.

Specifically, the Court questioned whether the state officials sued in this case were the proper targets, since they don’t enforce the Texas law, and whether state courts could also be properly ordered by the justices to refuse cases under S.B. 8.

“In reaching this conclusion, we stress that we do not purport to resolve definitively any jurisdictional or substantive claim in the applicants’ lawsuit,” the court said. “In particular, this order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas’ law, and in no way limits other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law, including in Texas state courts.”

Chief Justice John Roberts joined Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in dissenting from the move.

Calling the Texas law “unprecedented” in its design, Roberts said he would have moved to preserve the status quo at least temporarily.

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