In a triumph for Texas’ pro-life law, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that it will not halt the state’s abortion ban, dismissing a lawsuit filed against it by the Biden administration to block the law.
The Supreme Court nonetheless gave the green light to Texas abortion businesses challenging the law to proceed with their lawsuit. Still, the state’s abortion ban, which has saved thousands of unborn lives, will remain in place while the litigation continues, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Known as SB8, the Texas abortion law has been in effect since Sept. 1 and bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. The law further authorizes lawsuits against clinics, doctors, and anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion performed after cardiac activity is detected.
In its lawsuit, President Biden’s administration argued that it had the right to enforce the so-called “right to abortion” in effect since the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized it nationwide in 1973, but the Supreme Court disagreed.
On an 8-1 vote, with Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting, the Supreme Court ruled to continue the Texas abortion companies’ lawsuit. On an 8-1 vote, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissenting, dismissed Biden’s lawsuit against the ban.
“The Court should have put an end to this madness months ago, before SB 8 first went into effect. It failed to do so then, and it fails again today,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, the AP noted.
Leading pro-life groups praised the Supreme Court for dismissing Biden’s lawsuit and allowing Texas’ abortion ban to continue while the lower court case plays out.
Kimberlyn Schwartz, director of media and communications for Texas Right to Life, stated, “We are grateful that the Supreme Court practiced judicial restraint today and stopped the Biden administration’s pro-abortion campaign against the strongest Pro-Life law being enforced today.”
She added, “While we continue to fight for this policy in the lower courts, Texas Right to Life celebrates that the Texas Heartbeat Act will continue saving between 75-100 preborn children from abortion per day. The success of our efforts is embodied by each individual life that is rescued.”
Meanwhile, Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund stated, “Today the Court ruled on a procedural issue without addressing the merits of the case challenging the Texas Heartbeat Act. Many lives have already been and will continue to be saved by this law which protects unborn children with detectable beating hearts.”
“The Texas law came about because for decades Roe has blocked states from being able to regulate abortion, a right the Constitution gives to the people through their elected representatives. We hope in the upcoming Dobbs case the Court returns this right to the people,” he said.
In an earlier ruling, a day after the law went into effect, the Supreme Court also decided not to block the ban. But, at the same time, the lawsuit by abortion companies seeking to stop it continued, in a 5-4 vote, Life News reported.
At that time, the Supreme Court said the pro-abortion groups did not provide sufficient reasons to justify blocking the law.
That ruling was celebrated by the pro-life organization Texas Right to Life, who said it was a “phenomenal victory for tens of thousands of preborn children who will be spared the evil of abortion.” The statement added, “We are optimistic that the Texas Heartbeat Act will continue to survive ongoing and future legal attacks against this historic policy.”
Texas is the first state to be able to enforce its law. While it remains uncertain whether or not the law will remain in effect, with this new ruling pro-life leaders are hopeful now that the U.S. Supreme Court has a conservative majority.