"Anti Abortion Law" Exposes a Liberal-Conservative Dispute in US High Court
The US high court declined to act on a request by abortion-rights groups to rule out a Texas law that nearly bans all abortion procedures.
The US high court's inclination towards conservatives in the era of former president Trump was most evident this week, with a ruling that represented a major setback for abortion-rights advocates.
The most prominent questions in Washington now relate to how the Supreme Court will issue rulings regarding other sensitive issues and how democrats will react.
Thursday, based on procedural arguments, the court rejected a Texas law that nearly bans abortion in the state. Stephen Schoen, a law professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, stated the ruling marked a "dramatic shift to the right in the court."
Although the court did not address the details of the law, its ruling circumvents the historic 1973 case of Roe v. Wade, which established a woman's right to abortion.
Emphasizing their independence, the judiciary rejected Trump's appeals to the court to annul the results of the November 2020 presidential elections. But the Texas-related decision exposed their conservative nature, said, abortion-rights advocates.
Supreme Court to review various cases
The Supreme Court is due to review a law from Mississippi later this year that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. "I expect that the court will sharply curtail the right to abortion under Roe v. Wade, or entirely overrule Roe v. Wade," Schoen said.
The court will also hear pleadings related to a case in New York that could limit the ability of city or state authorities to enforce gun control laws.
"Besides First Amendment and religious liberty and abortion rights, we're also seeing justices who are active and question our entire administrative procedures", said Tracy Thomas, director of the Center for Constitutional Law at the University of Akron in Ohio, noting that this could affect "business, regulatory and environmental issues."
President Biden comments
President Joe Biden issued a strongly worded statement after the Texas-related "antiabortion law," describing it as "an unprecedented assault on a woman's constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade" and accusing the court of unleashing "constitutional chaos."