President Joe Biden warned on Thursday that a Texas legislation imposing a near-total ban on abortion that the US Supreme Court upheld will bring “unconstitutional chaos.”
“It unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts,” Biden said in a statement directing federal agencies to act to protect the right to abortion enshrined in the high court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. “Complete strangers will now be empowered to inject themselves in the most private and personal health decisions faced by women.”
The Texas law imposes a near-total ban on abortion. It has so far survived legal challenges partly because of an unusual feature that leaves enforcement up to individual citizens, who could collect cash bounties of at least $10,000 for bringing successful lawsuits against anyone who received an abortion, provides an abortion, and any other person who aids a woman in getting an abortion.
By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court Justices late on Wednesday denied an emergency request by abortion and women’s health providers for an injunction on enforcement of the ban while litigation continues.
“The court’s order is stunning,” liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a dissenting opinion. “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.”
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