Supreme Court set to hear challenges to Texas law banning abortion after six weeks
The Supreme Court will hear twin challenges to a controversial Texas law prohibiting abortion after six weeks' gestation unless a woman’s life is in danger.
In effect, S.B. 8 prohibits almost all abortions in the state. The law, also known as the Texas Heartbeat Act, has an enforcement mechanism permitting any person to bring a civil action suit against someone who performs an abortion or “aids or abets” the procedure after six weeks.
Since its enactment, the law has been subject to litigation. The Supreme Court first declined to block the law on procedural grounds, then later agreed to hear challenges brought by the Justice Department and Texas abortion providers, bypassing a typical appeals process.
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