The Supreme Court of the United States is the Biden administration’s next stop to try to roll back Texas’ abortion restrictions, according to a report by The Associated Press.
The administration said Friday that it will be appealing the Texas September ban on most abortions after widespread outrage about the controversial bill that has progressives claiming it disregards women’s health.
Texas’ bill prohibits abortions after cardiac activity is detected on an unborn child, which, while the heart is believed to start beating around 18 days post fertilization, can usually be registered around six weeks.
According to the AP, the Department of Justice is taking the same avenue that some abortion clinics have attempted in going to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, women determined to end the life of their unborn children taken to visiting neighboring states to receive the procedure.
“People are scared, confused, and other than very early abortion, have nowhere to turn to access safe, legal abortion unless they are able to travel hundreds of miles to another state,” said Jeffrey Hons, president of Planned Parenthood South Texas according to the AP.
The AP reported, without further explanation, that some patients as young as 12 have left home in the middle of the night to seek out an abortion in other states.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton weighed in on a previous decision to allow the restriction which did not rule on its constitutionality, saying that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a “testament that we are on the right side of the law and life.”
United States Attorney General Merrick Garland called the law “clearly unconstitutional” and warned that it could spread through the country if it’s not struck down. Eighteen state attorneys generals seemed to agree, giving their support to the Texas law and encouraged the court to uphold the restriction.