Is this the end of Roe vs Wade? The Supreme Court has backed scary new Texas abortion rules.
THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT has declined to intervene in Texas’ controversial new abortion law. Is Roe vs Wade now over?
Texas legislators have enacted very contentious abortion legislation that dramatically restricts access to the essential healthcare tenet. The decision effectively puts Roe vs Wade to rest in the southern state, ushering in a new era in the fight for abortion rights in the United States.
The new law prohibits abortions in the state almost entirely.
After the stage of “embryonic cardiac activity,” sometimes known as a heartbeat, the law prohibits abortion.
This starts approximately six weeks after conception, when most women are unaware they are pregnant.
In circumstances of rape or incest, there are no exceptions.
The Supreme Court voted 5-4 last night to deny an emergency appearance to stop the law’s enforcement.
The state’s encouragement of citizens to enforce the legislation is perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of the new law.
The law allows individuals to sue abortion providers or anybody who “aides and abets” someone getting an abortion.
Someone who drives a friend to a clinic or provides financial assistance falls under this category.
Even stranger, citizens who choose to sue do not need to show any ties to the person they are suing, and if their case is successful, the law states that they are entitled to at least $10,000 in damages and additional legal costs – effectively providing a state-sponsored bounty to anyone who needs an abortion.
Abortion rights activists claim that the bill will merely encourage people to undergo illegal, dangerous abortions rather than reducing the number of abortions in the state.
The US Supreme Court received an emergency plea by midnight on Tuesday to halt the law from taking effect, but declined to do so, allowing the policy to take effect despite legal objections.
The law defies Supreme Court precedents that have historically barred states from enacting laws prohibiting abortion before fetal viability, which occurs between 22 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.
If the ban is allowed to stand, abortion providers claim that the great majority of patients seeking abortions in Texas will be unable to obtain one safely.
“Brinkwire Summary News” reports that the law is currently in effect, but it is being contested in court.