The Supreme Court of the United States authorized that a law that prohibits abortions in Texas remains in effect.
The decision supposes that the interruptions of pregnancy in the state are practically vetoed since it does not contemplate exceptions in cases of incest or rape.
The Supreme Court of the United States rejected to suspend a law of Texas that prohibits abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
The Court, very divided with four of its nine members opposed to the decision, did not rule on the constitutionality of that law that entered into force 24 hours earlier but pointed out "complex and new procedural issues."
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the progressive minority, but it wasn't enough given the conservative majority.
The measure means that abortion is practically banned in Texas since it does not even contemplate exceptions in cases of incest or rape.
In the United States, no other law has come into force that prohibits abortion after six weeks of gestation, when many women do not know they are pregnant,
In their emergency request to block the legislation, abortion clinics warned that the law "immediately and catastrophically reduces access to abortion in Texas, prohibiting care for at least 85% of patients" who require intervention from this guy in the state.
"In reaching this conclusion, we emphasize that we do not intend to definitively resolve any jurisdictional or substantive claim in the plaintiffs' case. In particular, this order is not based on any finding of the constitutionality of Texas law, and does not in any way limit other procedurally appropriate challenges to Texas law, including in the state courts of the state of Texas," the Court said. In an unsigned judgment.
Before Texas, where more than 85% of abortions are performed after six weeks of pregnancy, twelve states passed equivalent laws. Still, all were struck down in Court because they violate Supreme Court jurisprudence.
Abortion was recognized as a constitutional right in the US in 1973 thanks to the Supreme Court ruling in the "Roe v. Wade" case. It realized that woman could end her pregnancy during the first six months of gestation.
But Texas wrote its law differently: it is not up to the authorities to enforce the measure, but "exclusively" to citizens who are encouraged to file civil complaints against organizations or individuals that help women abort.