U.S. Supreme Court Update
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Joe Biden accused the U.S. Supreme Court of causing “unconstitutional chaos” after a ruling allowed Texas, the second most populous state, to enact a law prohibiting abortion after approximately six weeks of pregnancy.
The President of the United States blasted in court after the release Overnight judgment Allowing the Southern State to continue to implement the law is one of the most important legal victories of the anti-abortion movement in recent years.
Texas law is the most prohibited law in the country. Once heart activity is detected, abortion is not allowed, which usually occurs around six weeks. Healthcare providers say that the vast majority of abortions occur after this point.
The law makes no exceptions for rape or incest cases and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone who helps abortions.
Biden said in a statement: “By allowing a law to take effect, private citizens of Texas have the right to sue healthcare providers, family members who support women to exercise their right of choice after six weeks, and even drive away. She goes to a friend in a hospital. or a clinic, and it causes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-styled law enforcement officials to have a devastating effect.”
The president added that he is instructing his officials to study how the federal government can help Texas women obtain safe and legal abortions, and what legal tools it might have to protect people from the state’s new laws.
For decades, American conservatives have been trying to limit the impact of Roe v. Wade, and the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling established the constitutional right to abortion. Later this year, the court will hear a case in Mississippi that seeks to completely overturn the ruling.
Texas and Mississippi are just two of the many states controlled by the Republican Party. In recent years, they have tried to impose strict controls on when women can seek abortions. These cases are often dismissed by the Supreme Court, and many liberal activists had expected that the same would happen with the new Texas law.
However, the court voted by a 5 to 4 majority on Wednesday night to deny the last-minute application to shelve the law while initiating a full appeal. The verdict was issued before midnight without a full briefing or oral argument as part of the so-called shadow file by the court.
Three of them voted in favor of justices appointed by former President Donald Trump, although no one included their names in the decision, which constituted an unsigned paragraph. They include Amy Coney Barrett, who was appointed by Trump after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg a week before last year’s election.
The five judges argued that because Texas did not make its officials responsible for law enforcement, but instead allowed citizens to file private lawsuits, it was unclear whether the Supreme Court had the power to intervene.
But they added: “The order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas law, nor does it limit other procedurally appropriate challenges to Texas law, including in Texas courts. .”
Each of the four justices who supported the ban-three of them liberals-expressed their own objections to the decision.
John Roberts, who was appointed chief justice by George W. Bush in 2005, joined the liberal judge’s dissent.
He wrote: ” [Texas] The legislature implemented the abortion ban about six weeks later, and then basically entrusted the implementation of the ban to the general public.
“The expected result seems to be to free the country from the responsibility of implementing and enforcing the regulatory system.”
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