Texas Supreme Court Deals Abortion Providers A ‘Devastating’ Blow


The Texas Supreme Court dealt a blow to abortion suppliers Friday by ruling that state officers aren’t answerable for implementing the state’s six-week abortion ban and subsequently can’t be subjected to such lawsuits.

The 23-page, unanimous decision is a “devastating” setback for Texans, Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America stated following the choice.

“Over and over again the courts have failed Texans, who have been stripped of their fundamental right to abortion for more than six months now,” she stated in a press release.

Texas’ six-week abortion ban, which went into impact in September, was crafted with a authorized loophole that’s allowed it to evade each authorized problem up to now. Instead of requiring the state to implement the ban, the regulation deputizes residents to take action and affords a $10,000 monetary incentive if a person efficiently sues an individual for aiding and abetting somebody searching for an abortion.

Since it went into impact, abortions in Texas have plummeted by greater than 50%. Many sufferers have undergone the costly endeavor of touring out of state for the process, contributing to an awesome demand for reproductive care in Oklahoma and different close by states.

The resolution by the Texas court docket, which is solely made up of Republicans, implies that abortion suppliers can’t sue state officers with the intention to problem the ban. Officials named within the lawsuit included Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the state’s well being and human providers commissioner and the heads of the state’s medical, nursing and pharmacy boards.

“The situation is becoming increasingly dire, and now neighboring states—where we have been sending patients—are about to pass similar bans. Where will Texans go then?” stated Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, which was named because the plaintiff within the lawsuit towards state officers.

The Texas regulation has bounced across the courts because it went into impact final year. In December, the U.S. Supreme Court dominated that abortion suppliers may contest the ban in federal court docket and identify state licensing officers as defendants. Plaintiffs requested that the case be despatched to a federal district court docket that beforehand blocked the regulation, however the justices as an alternative despatched it to the extraordinarily conservative U.S. Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit, which lastly punted it to the Texas Supreme Court for Friday’s resolution.

Other lawsuits searching for to cease non-public residents from implementing the ban should proceed.