The US Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear arguments over Texas’s abortion restrictions, leaving the law in place for now despite dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
The court has agreed to an expedited hearing on Nov. 1.
The law, which President Biden called an “assault on women’s constitutional rights” last month, bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy – far earlier than the court has previously allowed, according to Bloomberg. It also allows any private citizen to sue Texas abortion providers violating the law – along with anyone who ‘aids or abets’ a woman who receives an abortion in violation of the law – which can range from doctors to Uber drivers who bring women to clinics, according to the Daily Mail.
Violations are subject to a minimum of $10,000 in damages per banned abortion, to be paid out to the first person to prevail in a lawsuit over the procedure. Read more…