SCOTUS Hears Challenge to Texas Heartbeat Act Today

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, S.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in two cases related to the Texas Heartbeat Act (SB 8), which prohibits abortions after a heartbeat can be detected on a baby in the womb – usually around six weeks gestation.

The first case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson (21-463), is a challenge to the new law put forth by several Texas abortionists.

The second case is United States v. Texas (21-588).  This was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice under Attorney General Merrick Garland when the abortionists’ challenge failed to block the Texas Heartbeat Act from taking effect.  This move illustrated the strong commitment the current administration has to protect and expand abortion at the expense of innocent lives and states’ rights.

This case has been heard with lightening speed rarely seen before by the High Court.

Currently, the Texas Heartbeat Act has so far withstood all challenges.  A new report from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project indicated that the new law reduced abortions in Texas by almost 50 percent over last year’s numbers.

You can listen live to oral arguments going on beginning at 10 am ET at Live Oral Argument Audio.

This Court will hear another major abortion case on December 1, 2021. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization deals with a Mississippi abortion ban after 15 weeks gestation.  That case specifically seeks to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Please join us in praying for the Supreme Court to rule wisely to protect innocent lives in both the Texas and Mississippi cases,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.  “The conservative justices are certainly under a tremendous pressure to rule in favor of abortion, and we need to pray that they will have the moral fortitude to rule justly in favor of life.”