Biden Administration Wants Supreme Court to Stop Texas Abortion Ban Law

Washington – The Biden administration is all set to implement various new bills that are supposed to bring a “massive” change. It is also against a Texas law that bans abortion. The Biden administration wants the Supreme Court to stop this law. 

However, on Friday, the Supreme Court has made it clear that it won’t put on hold on the abortion law. The abortion law makes it illegal for doctors to perform abortions after six weeks. The Court said that it will conduct hearings on arguments next month about whether there are concrete points in favor of the Justice Department that allows the court to sue Texas for preventing women’s right to end a pregnancy. 

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The Biden Administration on Texas Abortion Law

The abortion-rights activists and the Biden administration consider this judgment as a setback. They were asking the court to block this law as abortion should be a constitutional right. 

However, Justice Sonia Sotomayor showed dissent on the judgment and thus, the court decided to keep the law in effect. The court also mentioned that it will not hear arguments on whether the Texas law is constitutional or not, only procedural issues will be weighed during the hearing. 

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The argument put forth by the Biden administration was that Texas is using a private bounty scheme to prevent women from using their constitutional rights, which is unconstitutional. 

The law is known as the Texas Heartbeat Act(Senate Bill 8), this bill allows people to file lawsuits against doctors who have performed abortions when the fetal heartbeats can be heard. The fetuses usually develop heartbeats around six weeks. 

Texas Abortion Ban
Texas Abortion Ban

Law enforcement doesn’t have any role in enforcing this law, but the fear of lawsuits has lowered the number of abortions in the state.

Conservative justices aren’t in favor of blocking this law, as it takes votes from five justices to block or suspend any bill or law. This is not the first time that the court has refused to put a block on this abortion law. Earlier, the hearing was held on Sept. 1, and the majority of conservative justices allowed the law to remain in effect by a 5-4 vote. 

This judgment received a polar reaction from the media and citizens. Since Texas is the second most populous state, it puts ban most abortions. 

A federal judge in Austin put the law on hold after Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland publicly announced that Texas will be sued by the Justice Department for violation of women’s constitutional rights. However, the victory wasn’t for too long, as the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled out that judgment by a vote of 2-1. 

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After that ruling, the Justice Department decided to file an emergency appeal in the Supreme Court to stop that law. But the court declared that they will only hold a hearing on whether the court has any legal grounds on suing Texas. The hearing is on Nov. 1.  

Justice Sotomayor dissented against the idea of suing Texas on Friday. She stated, “to enjoin a statute enacted in open disregard of the constitutional rights of women seeking abortion care in Texas. For the second time, the court declines to act immediately to protect these women from the grave and irreparable harm.”

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