The Supreme Court on Wednesday night allowed Texas’ new abortion law that bans abortions after six weeks to remain in place.
In a 5-4 decision, the Court denied an emergency appeal from abortion providers to block the strictest abortion law in the country, with Chief Justice John Roberts dissenting with the three liberal justices.
According to CNN, Roberts dissented because the Court needed more time to consider the law.
The new law means that protections provided by the high court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling are severely weakened in Texas.
Private citizens would be able to sue abortion providers and anyone who “aids and abets” in someone getting an abortion for at least $10,000.
“In particular, this order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas’s law, and in no way limits other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law, including in Texas state courts,” the majority wrote in an unsigned order.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one of the dissenting judges, blasted the majority’s “stunning” decision.
“Presented with an application to enjoin a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny, a majority of Justices have opted to bury their heads in the sand,” Sotomayor said.
She added, “Taken together, the Act is a breathtaking act of defiance—of the Constitution, of this Court’s precedents, and of the rights of women seeking abortions throughout Texas.” –