The United States Supreme Court has denied a request from abortion clinics in Texas, to freeze a new law in Texas.
That law bans nearly all abortions in Texas once a heartbeat of a fetus is detected, at about the six week mark of a pregnancy.
The SCOTUS decision was 5 to 4, with Justices Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Barrett voting against the request.
The four Justices voting in favor of the request to freeze the new Texas law were Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan and Roberts.
Amy Hagstrom Miller is the founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health
The Texas law also allows individuals to sue abortion providers in civil court, if a person has proof abortions were done after the heartbeat was detected.
Texas State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, center at lectern, stands with fellow lawmakers in the House Chamber, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Austin, Texas, as she opposes a bill introduced that would ban abortions as early as six weeks and allow private citizens to enforce it through civil lawsuits, under a measure given preliminary approval by the Republican-dominated House. The move would have Texas join about a dozen other Republican-led states to pass so-called “heartbeat bills” which have been mostly blocked by federal courts. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Sept 2nd 2021