SCOTUS to hear arguments on Texas Heartbeat bill

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Samuel Case, FISM News

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for two cases challenging the Texas Heartbeat law, which effectively bans abortions after six weeks, after months of debate in the lower courts. Arguments will begin at 10 am.

The high court will be hearing arguments in the cases of Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson and United States v. Texas. The court will specifically be deliberating on the structure of the law, which allows private citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion once a baby’s heartbeat can be detected. 

It is believed the court’s three liberal justices will vote to strike down the law, with Chief Justice John Roberts expected to vote along the same lines. This would result in a 5-4 decision in favor of the Heartbeat bill, unless a conservative justice flips their vote.

The Heartbeat bill has already saved thousands of lives in the month of September alone. According to a University of Texas study the number of abortions in Texas last month dropped to 2,100 from 4,300 in 2020.

A poll conducted by University of Houston and Texas Southern University found that 55% of Texans support the pro-life legislation.

Meanwhile, a national Rasmussen survey found that voters outside of the Lone Star State are more divided about the bill, with 46% supporting the law and 43% opposing it.