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October 23, 2021

Supreme Court allows Texas abortion law to stay in place — for now

The Supreme Court allowed the sweeping Texas abortion bill to remain in place but agreed to hear arguments in early November.

The justices announced they would decide whether the Justice Department and abortion providers open federal litigation over the law. Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the measure was “enacted in open disregard of the constitutional rights of women seeking abortion care in Texas.”

“The promise of future adjudication offers cold comfort, however, for Texas women seeking abortion care, who are entitled to relief now,” Sotomayor wrote.

A spokeswoman for Texas Right to Life, Kimberlyn Schwartz, said she was happy the law remains in effect.

“This is a great development for the Pro-Life movement because the law will continue to save an estimated 100 babies per day, and because the justices will actually discuss whether these lawsuits are valid in the first place,” Schwartz said in a statement.


Supreme Court lets Texas 6-week abortion ban stay in place and will hear oral arguments November 1

September 22, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott signs more abortion restrictions, penalties into law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) quietly signed a bill that further limits abortion access in the Lonestar state.

Senate Bill 4 bars doctors from providing abortion-inducing medication to women seven or more weeks pregnant. The new law comes amid the controversial Senate Bill 8, subject to scrutiny from pro-choice activists.

“Anti-choice politicians in Texas are launching their attacks on abortion access from every angle imaginable,” said Adrienne Kimmel, head of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “This law blatantly tramples on Texans’ fundamental freedoms and pushes access to care further out of reach.”

The new bill takes effect in December, and violations are punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and two years in prison.


Texas governor quietly signs new law further restricting abortions

September 8, 2021

Tech CEO steps down following pro-life comments

The CEO of the video game company TripWire stepped down following comments he made supporting the controversial abortion law passed in Texas last week.

“Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat,” John Gibson wrote on Twitter. “As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.”

Gibson’s comments sparked backlash within the gaming community, with some developers saying they would no longer work with TripWire. The company announced in a statement that Gibson stepped down from his position.

“The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company,” the statement read. “His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community. Our leadership team at Tripwire are deeply sorry and are unified in our commitment to take swift action and to foster a more positive environment.”


Tech company CEO steps down after comments on Texas abortion law

September 5, 2021

Biden changes stance on when ‘life begins’ amid Texas abortion kerfuffle

During a press conference, President Joe Biden addressed a recently enacted Texas law that restricts abortions past six weeks of pregnancy. His comments indicate an apparent about-face regarding the contentious topic of when “life begins.”

“I respect those who believe life begins in the moment of conception — I respect that,” he told reporters on Friday. “Don’t agree, but I respect that.”

His statement marks a stark change from previous comments on the topic.

“I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception, there’s human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view,” Biden said in 2015.

Biden made a similar remark in 2008: “I’m prepared as a matter of faith to accept that life begins at the moment of conception.”


Biden changes position, now says life doesn’t begin at conception

September 3, 2021

Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion law in blow to pro-choice advocates

A divided Supreme Court declined to block a Texas law that outlaws abortion in the state after six weeks of pregnancy. The justices came to the decision in a 5-4 split.

If successful, the request from abortion rights advocates would have put the law on hold during litigation.

The majority said that “procedural issues related to the unusual private enforcement mechanism the law sets up undermined the argument for blocking the statute at this preliminary stage,” according to Politico.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the high court’s three liberals in dissent.


Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion law

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