Supreme Court upholds Texas abortion law
(CNN) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld the Texas abortion law, which barred the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy, but judges said abortion lawyers can challenge the law in federal court.
The decision of the court is that the case will go back to the district court for further investigation, which will open the door for the law to be suspended soon.
This ruling allows abortion rights lawyers to challenge the law in court, giving them little success. But it also restricts state officials from prosecuting, making it difficult for providers to perform abortions again after six weeks of pregnancy.
By an 8-1 vote, the court allowed the vendor to file a challenge against some state officials, but they were divided 5-4 on whether other officials could be prosecuted.
Judge Neil Korsch said the court agreed to hear the case to see if some abortion providers could challenge the law. “Such action is permissible against some of the named defendants, but not against others,” Korsch wrote.
Writing on behalf of her liberal colleagues, Judge Sonia Sodomier said the court should have gone further and prevented the law from coming into force when the appeal process came out in September.
“The court should have put an end to this madness a month before Law 8 comes into force,” he said.
Sotomayor said it would be better for the challengers to go to court to challenge the law and that he hoped a district court would “move quickly” to introduce relief.
But because the court limits which authorities can sue, it can be very difficult to present legal challenges, which in turn can make it difficult for providers to reopen their doors.
What does the judgment of the court mean
CNN Supreme Court Analyst John Bischoff said the ruling on Texas’ abortion law was “a precursor to a truly important event that judges are now considering.”
“That Mississippi case is not just in Texas, but across the country.
Dobbs v. The case of Jackson Women’s Health Organization stems from a lawsuit filed by abortion providers against Mississippi’s 2018 law prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The ban is currently on hold due to lower court orders citing the current Supreme Court model of protecting the right to abortion until 24 weeks pregnant.
“Now we see why they took so long to dictate it,” he added.
“We have a split vote … and we have Chief Justice John Roberts breaking with the Liberals, complaining about other defendants who may be prosecuting here. Then we have the remaining three Liberals -[Sonia] Sotomayor, Stephen Fryer and Elena Kagan – he added that the right to abortion has not been in effect in Texas since Sept. 1.
Bischoff said Judge Neil Korsch, previously appointed by President Trump, had written the keynote address.
“Roberts has always been an opponent of abortion rights. He is not someone you think is trying to defend reproductive rights in the United States. But it shows how far this court has turned to the right. Liberal judges. And it shows the new era of our reproductive rights and who I really control, I think. Said Biscuit.