The Supreme Court listened to oral arguments Monday regarding a Texas abortion-restriction bill that outlaws abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, usually at around six weeks of pregnancy.
The new law was signed in May by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and went into effect Sept. 1. Instead of the government enforcing the ban, the public has the option to file a lawsuit against any person or group involved in illegal abortions under the new law.
Each illegal abortion could cost a provider up to $10,000 in damages.
The battle against the new law has been fierce, though a circuit court allowed the new measure to stand until the case is decided.
Mainstream media has largely sided with pro-choice supporters, focused on a woman’s right to “reproductive justice.”
Texas’ abortion law is an assault on reproductive justice. We cannot let it stand. The Supreme Court should strike it down. https://t.co/Rm5HnabfwL
— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) November 1, 2021
In contrast, pro-life advocates have focused on the rights of the preborn child. Pro-life proponents argue the right to life is the most fundamental right of all.
The case is likely to continue its heated battle, but is not alone. Another case from Mississippi will also continue in the Supreme Court, potentially allowing states to hold the power to determine their own laws regarding abortion.