SCOTUS Hears Arguments Challenging Texas Heartbeat Law

SCOTUS Hears Arguments Challenging Texas Heartbeat Law

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments concerning the Texas Heartbeat Act on Monday. The law has already resulted in a 50% decline in abortions performed in the state, according to The New York Times. The Supreme Court has twice refused to block enforcement of the Texas Heartbeat Act, agreeing to take up the appeals on a fast track.

The law crafted a private enforcement mechanism to empower citizens and so make an end-run around local district attorneys who choose to not enforce any abortion bans, according to Republican Texas state Sen. Brian Hughes.

Defenders of the Texas Heartbeat Act argue that the federal government lacks the power to bar private citizens from filing state lawsuits and that the DOJ’s attempt to intervene is an “extraordinary expansion of federal power.” Justices asked pointed questions about whether similar private enforcement mechanisms could block other constitutionally protected rights such as freed​om of religion, racial integration of schools, or the right to same-sex marriage.

The Supreme Court will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’ Health Organization on December 1st. The case is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood.

“Regardless of the outcome of these high-profile cases currently before the Court, we anticipate that the state of abortion in California will not change,” says Susan S. Arnall, Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Right to Life League.

“California is the most anti-life state in the nation and will continue to pass laws advancing its radical pro-abortion ideology. That’s why the League will continue to fight for the right to life here in California to stop the murder of the unborn. Help us fight for life.”