The U.S. Supreme Court did not rule on the Texas abortion law as it was expected to do on Monday morning, Nov. 22, and is drawing criticism from pro-abortion liberals.
The Court’s silence on the matter means that the State of Texas can continue to enforce for another week the abortion ban through the law that had gone into effect on Sept. 1 of this year.
After having twice refused to block the enforcement of the law, a month after it went into effect the judges heard arguments from both the abortion industry and the Biden administration that urged them to issue a third ruling in the hope that this time they would allow the block. But the court has not yet issued a ruling, and it is not known when it will.
Pro-abortion advocates were quick to criticize the Supreme Court’s silence. As reported by Fox News, the progressive organization that seeks to reform the judicial system, Demand Justice, stated in a tweet, “The Supreme Court has allowed Texas’s abhorrent anti-abortion law to remain in effect for 83 days.”
Meanwhile, Brian Fallon, executive director of the organization stated, “Many guessed the Supreme Court would weigh in on the Texas law today but it turned out to be a giant head fake,” adding, “It is insane we let the third branch of government conduct itself with so little transparency when it comes to rights this fundamental.”
The pro-abortion group NARAL, also spoke out against the high court via Twitter writing, “Every day that the Supreme Court leaves SB8 in effect harms the people of Texas by denying them their constitutional right to abortion care.”
With Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) in effect, which bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected at approximately six weeks of pregnancy, it is estimated that the deaths of up to 100 unborn children are being prevented daily, Life News reported.
Texas is the first state allowed to enforce an abortion ban law by filing lawsuits against abortionists and others who help them abort once a baby’s heartbeat is detected.
Generally, state governments enforce pro-life laws and, when the laws are challenged, judges can block them through a temporary injunction. However, Texas law leaves enforcement in the hands of individuals, who can file lawsuits against clinics, doctors and others who facilitate abortions.
The focus in the Supreme Court is on the design of the Texas law. The court is trying to determine who can sue to challenge the law and further whether a federal court can effectively block its enforcement.
Monday could be the last day the Court can decide the Texas cases before hearing oral arguments about the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case over Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, which is scheduled for Dec. 1.