The Texas Supreme Court on Friday dealt a final blow to the challenge to the state`s recent restrictions on abortion. On December 10, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in this case, refusing to block Texas` unconstitutional abortion ban and self-defense system that deprived Texans of their constitutional right to abortion and ended most abortion access in the state. At the time the court heard the arguments, its decision to review its own actions a month earlier seemed to indicate a change in position. But those hopes were dashed for abortion providers, who had asked the court to intervene a second time and tie their appeal to that of the federal government. The U.S. Department of Justice has said it has the right to uphold federal constitutional rights, including the right to abortion, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court for nearly half a century. The court disagreed. The plaintiffs in Whole Woman`s Health v. Jackson is owned by Whole Woman`s Health; Whole Women`s Health Alliance; 11 Planned Parenthood health centers across the state; Southwestern Women`s Surgical Centre; Austin Women`s Health Center; Alamo Women`s Reproductive Services; Houston Women`s Reproductive Services; Dr.
Allison Gilbert and Dr. Bhavik Kumar, who provides abortion services; Reverend Erika Forbes and Rev. Daniel Kanter, who provide emotional and spiritual counseling and support to patients considering abortion; the Afiya Centre; Frontera Fund; Texas Choice Fund (FTC); due process of Jane`s Law; Lilith fonds; the AME Fund; and Marva Sadler, senior director of clinical services at Whole Woman`s Health. The Texas Supreme Court on Friday effectively killed the longstanding challenge faced by abortion providers against Texas` near-total ban on the procedure, ruling that state medical licensing officials cannot enforce the law — meaning providers no longer have anyone to sue them in their efforts to block the policy. She said the court`s decision “effectively invites other states to refine Texas` model federal rights cancellation law.” The court betrays not only the citizens of Texas, but also our constitutional system of government. “This is a big win for the TX Heartbeat Act! ” said the group`s media director, Kimberlyn Schwartz, on Twitter. “We have said from the beginning that the lawsuit should be rejected by abortion opponents, and we are grateful that the law continues to save thousands of lives.” “If you read the abortion provider`s victory here as some kind of positive sign in the Dobbs case, I think you`re wrong,” she warns. “Essentially, you see the most conservative justices saying, `It`s not Texas` job` to overturn Roe v.
Wade. That`s our job and we`re going to do it. The Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented abortion providers in the lawsuit, confirmed in a statement Friday that the ruling means the federal appeals court will dismiss their complaint and that SB 8 “will likely remain in effect for the foreseeable future.” The U.S. Supreme Court has left abortion providers with only the narrowest option to challenge the ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. Friday`s Texas Supreme Court ruling effectively ended that federal court challenge. In the same decision, Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court, it was clear that the constitutional right of access to contraceptives was not affected — although one judge said he would welcome challenges to that right. Der Fall Griswold v. In 1965, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that married couples have the right to purchase and use contraceptives. In 1972, in Eisenstadt v.
Baird, the Court confirmed that this right also extended to unmarried persons. The U.S. Supreme Court signaled in a separate Mississippi case that it would revoke abortion rights and possibly overturn its landmark Roe v. Wade, in a decision expected later this year. Birth control and emergency contraceptives, commonly known as Plan B, are different from the drugs used to induce an abortion. Abortions in Texas have been halted following a Supreme Court decision that removed constitutional protections for abortion and the resulting legal uncertainty, Whole Woman`s Health and Planned Parenthood Texas said. The law would only make an exception to save the life of the pregnant patient or if she risks a “significant impairment of the most significant bodily function.” Doctors face life in prison and fines of up to $100,000 if they perform abortions in violation of the law. People who have had abortions would not be prosecuted under the law. For those who have had access, abortion, advocates say, is a lifeline — and often the safest option — for many who experience domestic violence. “We are in a moment of crisis not only for reproductive rights, but also for our justice system and the rule of law,” Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.
“With this verdict, the fragment of this case that we had left has disappeared. An unconstitutional ban on abortion after six weeks continues unchecked in the state of Texas. The courts have allowed Texas to nullify a constitutional right. We will continue to do everything in our power to correct this injustice. “Today is a devastating day for the people of Texas and all those who believe in the right to control their own bodies, their own lives and their future. Time and again, the courts have failed Texans, who have been denied their basic right to abortion for more than six months. Because of the U.S. The Supreme Court`s repeated refusal to intervene for more than six months is that Texans live in a state of chaos, crisis and confusion — and there is no end in sight. Tragically, this assault on reproductive freedom now continues unabated in Texas and across the country.