Abortion Clinics in Texas Ask Supreme Court to Block Law
A new Texas law will go into effect on Wednesday that will ban abortions at six weeks and allow for civil suits against those who assist pregnant women to violate the law.
And now abortion providers are asking the Supreme Court to block the ban.
Opponents of the law say it is a part of a new wave of laws put forward by states hostile to abortion rights with the goal of making it more difficult for courts to step in and block a law before it goes into effect.The case comes as the justices have already agreed to consider a Mississippi law during their upcoming term that bars most abortions at 15 weeks.
Texas politicians will have effectively overturned Roe v. Wade," Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.Supporters of abortion rights say the Mississippi and Texas laws are a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 opinion legalizing abortion nationwide prior to viability, which can occur at around 24 weeks of pregnancy.Under the Texas law, abortion is prohibited when a fetal heartbeat is detected and there is no exception for rape or incest, although there is an exemption for "medical emergencies."
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