Abortion is on the Docket for this Supreme Court Term

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the Texas Heartbeat Law, scheduling oral arguments for November 1– a full month before Justices hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the Mississippi law that bans abortions after the fifteenth week.

In the meantime, the Court has left the Texas law in place over the disagreement of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the lone dissenter.

“The promise of future adjudication offers cold comfort… for Texas women seeking abortion care, who are entitled to relief now,” she wrote.

“These women will suffer personal harm from delaying their medical care, and as their pregnancies progress, they may even be unable to obtain abortion care altogether.”

“Justice Sotomayor does not consider the harm suffered by unborn babies during abortion,” points out Susan S. Arnall, Esq., the Right to Life League’s Director of Outreach and Engagement.

The Texas Heartbeat Law empowers private individuals to sue anyone who helps a woman get a prohibited abortion. That legal structure has so far frustrated legal challenges by removing government officials from enforcing laws that impact abortion.

That, in fact, is what the court will consider on November 1–not the law’s constitutionality, but whether the federal government has standing to sue in federal court to block the law’s enforcement.

“We pray for our Justices,” said Arnall, “and we pray that their decisions will protect the inherent human dignity of every individual–no matter their stage of life.”