A divided Supreme Court late Wednesday refused to block a Texas abortion statute that bans the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy, drawing sharp criticism from President Biden and a pledge from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to call a vote on legislation that would enshrine a woman’s right to an abortion into federal law. (Washington Post).
As Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor stated, “The Court’s order is stunning. Presented with an application to enjoin a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny, a majority of Justices have opted to bury their heads in the sand.”
This Texas law legislates vigilantism, putting a minimum of a $10,000 bounty on every reproductive age person’s body, allowing any stranger to do so. From President Biden: ” The high court’s decision unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts. And it not only empowers complete strangers to inject themselves into the most private of decisions made by a woman, IT ACTUALLY INCENTIVIZES THEM TO DO SO with the prospect of $10,000 if they win their case….this ruling “insults the rule of law and the rights of all Americans to seek redress.”
And you know that every rabidly red state, Tennessee included, is foaming at the mouth with excitement and anticipation of this rule standing and being legislated into law during the next legislative session comes January.