Joe Biden calls on federal agencies to ‘isolate women and providers’ from Texas abortion law


President Joe Biden has called on federal agencies to take steps to “insulate women and providers” from the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow a restrictive abortion law to remain in Texas, reported the Associated Press.

The court voted 5-4 in the middle of the night to reject an emergency appeal by abortion providers to stop the law, signed in May by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, from taking effect. However, the court indicated that their vote may not be the final decision on the law, the AP reported.

Biden announced that he and the administration would launch a “whole-of-government effort” in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling and examine “what steps the federal government can take to ensure women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions.” as protected”. through deer.”

The president also asserted that women should be protected from “the impact of Texas’ bizarre system of outsourcing enforcement to private parties,” citing citizens’ rights under the law to sue anyone who helps a patient recover. abort.

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President Joe Biden has called on federal agencies to “insulate women and providers” from the impact of the Supreme Court ruling that allows a restrictive abortion law in Texas to remain in place. Above, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington on June 30.
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Biden, who has come under pressure from Democrats to expand the size of the Supreme Court, has ordered a review of the court due next month.

The Texas law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, bans abortions once medical professionals can detect heart activity, usually about six weeks and before many women know they are pregnant.

It’s the toughest law against abortion rights in the US since the High Court landmark Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973 and as part of a broader campaign by Republicans nationwide to impose new restrictions on abortion. At least 12 other states have enacted early pregnancy bans, but all have been blocked from going into effect.

The High Court’s order refusing to stop the Texas law came just before midnight Wednesday. The majority said those bringing the case failed to meet the heavy burden required for a stay of enforcement.

“In reaching this conclusion, we emphasize that we do not purport to finally resolve any jurisdictional or substantive claim in the petitioners’ lawsuit. In particular, this order is not based on any finding regarding the constitutionality of Texas law, and does not limit in any way other proper procedural challenges to Texas law, including in Texas state courts,” the unsigned order reads.

Chief Justice John Roberts dissented with the court’s three liberal justices. Each of the four dissenting justices wrote separate statements expressing their disagreement with the majority.

Roberts noted that although the majority rejected the request for emergency assistance “the Court’s order is adamant in making it clear that it cannot be understood to support the constitutionality of the statute at issue.”

The vote in the case underscores the impact of the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last year and her replacement by President Donald Trump with conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Had Ginsburg stayed on the field, there would have been five votes to end the Texas law.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor called the decision of her fellow conservatives “staggering”. “Presented with a request to ban a patently unconstitutional law designed to bar women from exercising their constitutional rights and escaping judicial review, a majority of justices chose to stick their heads in the sand,” she wrote.

Texas lawmakers drafted the law to escape federal court review by allowing private citizens to sue in state court against anyone involved in an abortion other than the patient. Other abortion laws are enforced by national and local authorities, with possible criminal penalties.

In contrast, Texas law allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone involved in facilitating abortions. Among other situations, this would include anyone who drives a woman to a clinic for an abortion. Under the law, anyone who successfully sues another person would be entitled to at least $10,000.

In her dissent, Justice Elena Kagan called the law “patently unconstitutional,” saying it allows “private parties to enforce unconstitutional restrictions on behalf of the state.” And Judge Stephen Breyer said a “woman has the federal constitutional right to obtain an abortion during” the first stage of pregnancy.

After a federal appeals court refused to allow a speedy review of the law before it took effect, opponents of the measure sought a review by the Supreme Court.

In a statement on Thursday after the High Court action, Nancy Northup, director of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion providers challenging the law, vowed to “continue to fight this ban until the access to abortion be restored in Texas”.

“We are devastated that the Supreme Court has refused to block a law that flagrantly violates Roe vs. Wade. Right now, people seeking abortions across Texas are panicking — they don’t know where or when they will be able to get an abortion, if ever. Texas politicians have so far succeeded in flouting the rule of law, upending abortion care in Texas, and forcing patients out of the state — if they can afford it — to seek care. health care protected by the Constitution. That should send shivers down the spine to anyone in this country who cares about the Constitution,” she said.

Anti-abortion groups applauded the court’s action.

“We celebrate this decision for what it is, small steps in the right direction towards the clear conclusion that deer is fatally flawed and must go,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said in a statement.

Texas has long had some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country, including a sweeping law passed in 2013. The Supreme Court eventually struck down that law, but not before more than half of more than 40 state clinics.

Even before the Texas case came to the High Court, the justices had planned to tackle the issue of abortion rights in a major case after the court resumed hearing arguments at the fall. This case involves the state of Mississippi, which is asking to be allowed to enforce a ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Biden launches effort after SCOTUS denial
US President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered federal agencies to do what they can to “insulate women and providers” from the impact of the Supreme Court’s denial of an emergency appeal to block a restrictive law on abortion in Texas. Above, Biden listens to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House on September 1.
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