Nation Awaits Supreme Court Ruling On Pro-Life Texas Heartbeat Act

Monday was the first day of the current term of the U.S. Supreme Court when opinions and decisions in cases were released. Many observers speculated that the court might issue a ruling in the case involving the pro-life Texas Heartbeat Act, but it did not. The court does not give notice of exact dates when rulings on particular cases will be released, and for now, the country must still wait.

The following days when opinions will be released are expected to come after December 1. In the meantime, the Texas law remains in effect and is saving an estimated 75 to 100 babies from being aborted each day.

Oral arguments were presented on November 1 by the parties in two lawsuits contesting the Heartbeat Act, Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson and the U.S. v. Texas.

Pro-life activists generally see the delay in a ruling coming down from the court as a positive sign. The court considers several procedural issues about the validity of the lawsuits that were brushed past by the federal district court initially considering the cases.

President and attorney for Texas Values Jonathan Saenz said that his organization is “thankful that the Texas Heartbeat law remains in effect” and saving the lives of protected babies with a detected heartbeat each day. The organization estimates that more than 12,000 babies have been saved from abortion since the new law became effective on September 1.

Kimberlyn Schwartz with Texas Right to Life said that if the Supreme Court accepted the claims of the abortion industry that the Texas Heartbeat Act is “outrageous and unconstitutional,” they might have at least ordered a temporary stay against the enforcement of the law. She added that she is thankful that it appears the court is giving the law and the claims against it a thorough examination.

The Texas law generally prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is medically detected, which usually occurs around the 6th week of pregnancy. As the law remains in effect, there are around 400 operational pregnancy resource centers in the state that help women in each stage of pregnancy and after birth.