Texas Abortion Law

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Supreme Court allows Texas abortion law to remain in effect amid litigation.

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An injunction is a legal instrument in the form of a special court order that compels a party to do or refrain from specific acts. “When a court employs the extraordinary remedy of injunction, it directs the conduct of a party, and does so with the backing of its full coercive powers.” A party that refuses or fails to comply with an injunction could face criminal or civil penalties, including possible monetary sanctions and even imprisonment. They can also be charged with contempt of court.

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The Supreme Court left in place, on Friday, December 10, 2021, a Texas abortion law that bars the procedure after around six weeks of pregnancy, but the justices said that abortion providers had the right to challenge the law in federal court.

Texas Heartbeat Act

he Texas Heartbeat Act is an act of the Texas Legislature that bans abortion after the detection of an unborn child’s heartbeat, which normally occurs after about six weeks of pregnancy. It was introduced as Senate Bill 8 and House Bill 1515 on March 11, 2021, and was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on May 19, 2021. The law took effect on September 1, 2021. It is the first time a state has successfully imposed a six-week abortion ban since Roe v. Wade, and the first abortion restriction to rely on enforcement by private individuals through civil lawsuits, rather than by the government through criminal or civil enforcement. The Act establishes a system in which members of the public can sue anyone who performs or facilitates an illegal abortion for a minimum of $10,000 in statutory damages.

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