Emergency Petition Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Halt Texas Anti-Choice Law

HeadlineAug 31, 2021

Texas abortion providers filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday seeking to halt a Texas state law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected — which is often just six weeks into a pregnancy. The law also makes anyone in Texas eligible to sue patients, medical workers, or even a patient’s family or friends who “aid and abet” an abortion. Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, the law is due to take effect Wednesday. Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement, “In less than two days, Texas politicians will have effectively overturned Roe v. Wade.”

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