Abortion Ban To Take Effect in Texas on Wednesday
Appeals court rejects emergency motion to block Texas law. A measure restricting most abortions in the state of Texas is set to take effect on Wednesday.
Passed in May, the law makes it illegal to perform an abortion once fetal cardiac activity is detected. That starts six weeks into pregnancy, and about two weeks after a woman can tell she is pregnant.
What makes the measure (Senate Bill 8) more novel—and extreme—is that it also lets anyone (even people outside the state) sue anyone they think has violated the law by performing a prohibited abortion or aiding and abetting the provision of an illegal abortion. Among other things, aiding and abetting here includes “paying for or reimbursing the costs of an abortion through insurance or otherwise,” the law states.
A group of more than 20 abortion providers represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights challenged the law, filing a lawsuit against it in federal court in July. The law “allows complete strangers, anti-abortion activists, to sue and interfere with the patient’s decision. Those people may try to essentially hijack the courts for their ideological agenda,” said Center for Reproductive Rights Senior Counsel Marc Hearron at the time. “If this is not blocked, if this is successful, it would set a truly dangerous precedent, because states could eviscerate their own citizens’ federal constitutional rights by creating a private lawsuit to do what their own officials couldn’t do.”
The law is set to take effect on September 1.
On Saturday, abortion providers asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to intervene, filing an emergency motion “essentially asking it to send the case back to district court or for the appellate court itself to issue a stay that would temporarily block the law’s enforcement,” reports The Texas Tribune. “The 5th Circuit denied the emergency motions Sunday afternoon.”
Another lawsuit against the bill has been filed in Texas state court.
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