A ban on abortions after six weeks took effect this morning in Texas as the US Supreme Court didn’t act on an emergency request by rights groups to block the law which enables the ban.
If a later ruling is not made by the court, the ban’s litigation will continue in the rights groups’ lawsuit, if the court’s inaction remains until midnight.
Abortion rights groups have challenged the constitutionality of the law, stating that it would force many abortion clinics to shut down as they cited that 85% to 90% of abortions in Texas take place after six weeks.
The law has also been met with opposition from Planned Parenthood, women’s health providers, doctors and clergy members, who stated that the law violates the constitutional right to an abortion.
The law, which was signed on May 14th, gives power to private citizens to enforce it, which is achieved by enabling said citizens to sue abortion clinics or anyone who aids an abortion after six weeks.
Citizens who win such lawsuits would be entitled to $10,000.
A professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law ‘Stephen Vladeck’ stated that the law could still be placed on hold and that no court has ruled on its constitutionality yet.