A Texas court will hold a hearing tomorrow – Tuesday – on the abortion ban in the US state. The US Supreme Court ruled in the case of Roe v. Wade refused in June.
The ruling guaranteed a woman’s right to have an abortion. His refusal meant that women no longer had the constitutional right to have an abortion. The change came as a shock to many. “What a setback,” was the most overheard opinion.
Siege of the right to abortion
Judge Kristen Weems of Harris County, Texas, overturned the federal ban on the right to abortion four days after the Supreme Court ruling. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed the judge’s decision. It is also exploring ways to fine companies in the state for assisting an employee with an out-of-state abortion. If it were up to the Republican, he said, companies would be fined at least $100,000 per case in Fox News.
The right to abortion dates back to 1973
The rejected Roe v. Wade case is about 50 years old. Jeanne Rowe was a single woman from Dallas, county claimant for Henry Wade in her state. The 1973 case gave women across the United States the right to have an abortion. The fact that the Supreme Court has now overturned this provision means that a woman no longer has the constitutional right to have an abortion. Abortion will likely become illegal in half of the US states after this ruling.
In the conservative-dominated Supreme Court, five of the nine justices voted to overturn the national right to abortion. The court heard the case in response to a strict abortion law in the southern state of Mississippi.
Grief among Democrats
The three Democratic-appointed justices to the US Supreme Court said in a joint statement that they disagreed with the decision. “Whatever the precise scope of future laws,” they wrote, “one outcome of today’s decision is certain: the restriction of women’s rights and their status as free and equal citizens.” “With sorrow, for this court, but more so for the many millions of American women who today have lost basic constitutional protections. We do not agree.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was a “cruel statement” that was “outrageous and heartbreaking.” “But make no mistake: The rights of women and all Americans are on the agenda in November.” Then Americans go to the polls again for elections to the House of Representatives and part of the Senate. Former President Barack Obama said, “Today, the Supreme Court has not only overturned a precedent that is nearly 50 years old. But it has also made the most severe and personal decision anyone can make at the whims of politicians and ideologues—an attack on the fundamental liberties of millions of Americans.”
Republicans: Life has won
On the other hand, Republicans welcomed the decision. “Today life has triumphed. By dismissing Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court of the United States has given the American people a fresh start. Now that we have this second chance in life, we must not rest or surrender until the sanctity of life is restored in all state in the country to the core of American law.” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement: “This is a historic victory for the Constitution and for the weakest in our community. The decision is brave and correct.”
To continue in Texas tomorrow.
Abortion change in America shocks many: ‘What a setback’
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