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Supreme Court grants expedited review of Texas abortion ban

The other case was brought by the Department of Justice on behalf of the federal government and has the backing of the administration of President Joe Biden.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor released a partial dissent from Friday’s High Court order. She argued that the court should block Texas law while it examines the issues at hand.
Sotomayor also said the court was wrong in allowing Texas to keep its law in place using a private enforcement mechanism that the drafters of the law bragged about was designed to evade swift action by the courts.

“Women seeking abortion care in Texas are now entitled to redress from this court,” wrote Sotomayor, a person appointed by President Barack Obama. “Due to the Court’s inability to act today, this relief, if it comes, will be too late for many. “

Arguments in the Texas cases are set for a month before the court hears a challenge to a Mississippi law that seeks to ban abortion of fetuses older than 15 weeks.

This case is seen by advocates on both sides of the abortion debate as a direct threat to Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. In a case filed with the Supreme Court on Thursday, attorneys in Texas said they believe Roe vs. Wade should be set aside, but that such a measure is not necessary to dismiss the challenges to the unusual status of their state.

While litigants normally have at least a month to file briefs, and often much longer, case lawyers will need to prepare these submissions within days. Initial briefs, including the expected multitude of amicus briefs that are filed in any abortion case, are due Wednesday afternoon.

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