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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Roe v. Wade; Texas Doctor Sued for Performing Abortion

HeadlineSep 21, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in December on a case involving a Mississippi law that bans most abortions 15 weeks into a pregnancy. Reproductive justice advocates warn the case poses a direct threat to the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.

In related news, a doctor in San Antonio, Texas, is being sued after admitting to performing an abortion in violation of a new Texas law. The legislation bans all abortions in the state after six weeks — before most people even realize they are pregnant — and allows for private citizens to sue anyone who “aids and abets” a person in getting an abortion. The civil lawsuit against physician Alan Braid was filed by a man in Arkansas, who has no connection to the abortion at issue and who said he filed the suit in part because of the potential $10,000 reward he could receive if the lawsuit is successful.

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