Abortion supporters have asked the Supreme Court to block a new Texas pro-life law from going into effect Wednesday that would make abortion illegal after an unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected.
“Texans, like everyone else in this country, should be able to count on safe abortion care in their own state,” Whole Woman’s Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller said in a statement.
“No one should be forced to drive hundreds of miles or be made to continue a pregnancy against their will, yet that’s what will happen unless the Supreme Court steps in,” she added.
“The abortion groups asked the Supreme Court to block the law only two days before it was scheduled to go into effect. Center for Reproductive Rights President Nancy Northrop warned that if the law is not blocked within the next two days, ‘Texas politicians will have effectively overturned Roe v. Wade.’” the Daily Caller reported.
The law was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on May 19. A court date for Monday was cancelled, leaving the law to become effective Sept. 1.
About a dozen states have passed similar heartbeat bill legislation. Texas is the largest state to pass such a bill, offering a tremendous win for the pro-life movement if it stands.
The Texas law is not alone in its push for attention from the Supreme Court, especially as the introduction of three new conservative justices during Trump’s term as president has led to a 6-3 conservative majority.
A Mississippi case is already slated for the Supreme Court this fall that conservatives hope will overturn Roe v. Wade. If the case receives a favorable ruling, it would return the issue of abortion back to individual states.