Samuel Case, FISM News
Just before midnight on Wednesday the Supreme Court denied an appeal to block the Heartbeat Law in Texas in a split 5-4 decision. The new order which went into law yesterday outlaws abortions once a heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. 85% of abortions in the state take place after the baby has a heartbeat. The bill also gives citizens the ability to sue abortion providers who violate law. The law does provide exceptions for medical emergencies.
In the decision the majority wrote that this does not “definitively resolve” the constitutionality of the law, but instead the appeal was denied because it does not meet the high burden to repeal the law in place. Earlier in the week the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals also denied appeals to block the law. While more lawsuits are expected, this decision is a momentous win for those fighting to protect the lives of the unborn.
The comes as the Supreme Court prepares to take up a major abortion case next year. FISM News reported: “On May 17, the Supreme Court took up a case challenging a Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks. This will be the first abortion-related case heard by the Supreme Court since Amy Coney Barrett joined the court, giving the court a 6-3 conservative majority. The Supreme Court begins their next session in October, with a ruling on the Mississippi case expected at the end of the session next June.”