It was reported that Texas’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled against abortion supporters on Friday, dealing a final blow to a challenge to the state’s abortion ban.
“Texas law does not grant the state-agency executives named as defendants in this case any authority to enforce the Act’s requirements, either directly or indirectly,” the court ruling said.
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“Senate Bill 8 provides that its requirements may be enforced by a private civil action, that no state official may bring or participate as a party in any such action, that such an action is the exclusive means to enforce the requirements, and that these restrictions apply notwithstanding any other law.”
“Based on these provisions,” the court continued, “we conclude that Texas law does not grant the state-agency executives named as defendants in this case any authority to enforce the Act’s requirements, either directly or indirectly.”
Texas’s SB 8, which bans abortions after six weeks, has roused the wrath of left-leaning lawmakers and activists by allowing private citizens to sue anyone who “knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion.”
The U.S. Supreme Court had dismissed one challenge the Texas law in December, allowing the law to remain in effect for the time being while also allowing abortion providers’ challenge to the law to proceed.
When the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the challenge to the law in January, Texas argued that the lawsuit could not touch them because Texas law does not give the state the power to enforce the law, Axios reported.
The appeals court then transferred the challenge to the Texas Supreme Court, asking whether the state officials who are named in the case as defendants could act against anyone who broke the new Texas law.
“This law is about human life, a little baby growing inside her mother’s womb,” the bill’s author, Texas State Sen. Bryan Hughes, told The Daily Signal in a November interview outside the Supreme Court. “When there is a heartbeat the doctor can detect, the doctor cannot take that life in an abortion. That’s all the bill is about.”