Supreme Court denies challenge to Texas abortion law – again

The liberal justices dissented.
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Pregnancy ultrasound, Jan. 31, 2021
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The Supreme Court on Thursday voted six to three not to hear a case challenging the Texas abortion law again.

The case was brought forward by abortion providers in the state of Texas, including Planned Parenthood.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case to the Supreme Court on Monday.

Abortions in Texas are banned by law after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is typically around six weeks. Citizens are free to sue abortion providers and people who help women terminate a pregancy.

The case was initially sent by the Supreme Court back to the 5th Circuit last month. 

"This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies," Justice Sotomayor wrote in her dissent. "I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee."

The decision was celebrated by pro-life activists, such as Live Action Founder Lila Rose, who called it "excellent news."