Supreme Court Won’t Block Texas Abortion Ban Today, Thousands More Babies Will be Saved

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 29, 2021   |   4:08PM   |   Washington, DC

Every day the Texas heartbeat law stays in effect is another day of unborn babies being saved from abortions.

The Dallas Morning News reports the U.S. Supreme Court still had not issued a ruling on the Texas case on Monday, meaning the pro-life law remains in effect.

Twice, the Supreme Court refused to block enforcement of the unique, life-saving law. Then, on Nov. 1, the justices heard arguments from the abortion industry and the Biden administration urging them for a third time to block the Texas law.

However, the court has not issued a ruling yet, and no one knows when it will. Every day that the law stays in effect means more unborn babies and mothers are spared from the pain and death of abortion.

The law, Senate Bill 8, prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy.

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Pro-life leaders estimate the law has saved thousands of unborn babies from abortion since it went into effect nearly three months ago. In 2020, about 54,000 unborn babies were aborted in Texas, and about 85 percent happened after six weeks of pregnancy, according to state health statistics. That equates to about 100 unborn babies being saved from abortion every day under the new law.

Here’s more from the report:

While abortion rights advocates and organizations in Texas have condemned the time it’s taken the court to produce a ruling on SB 8, anti-abortion groups are celebrating every day the law remains in effect as a success.

… The longer the court lets SB 8 operate, the louder the signal that Roe is in peril.

Additionally, Texas is one of many states with laws on the books to ban abortion immediately if Roe falls. In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill, House Bill 1280, into law that would prohibit abortions in Texas if Roe is overturned.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear another major abortion case out of Mississippi, one that could overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies’ right to life again.

Texas is the first state to be allowed to enforce a heartbeat law because of a unique provision that allows private individuals to enforce the law by filing lawsuits against abortionists and others who help them abort unborn babies with beating hearts.

This unique provision and a legal technicality about the parties involved in the lawsuits are the issues that the Supreme Court currently is considering, not the abortion ban itself.

Texas officials argue that the Supreme Court must reject the Biden administration’s request for a temporary injunction because the Texas government is not charged with enforcing the abortion ban. The law allows private citizens to enforce the law by suing abortionists and those who assist in killing unborn babies.

Typically, state governments enforce pro-life laws and, when the laws are challenged, judges can block the states from enforcing them through a temporary injunction. However, the Texas law leaves enforcement up to individual people.

Attorneys for Texas said Biden’s Department of Justice is being unfair by asking the court to block “absent third parties” from enforcing the law “without letting them be heard.”

For the nearly three months that the law has been in effect, babies’ lives have been spared from abortion. While abortion activists say some women are traveling to other states for abortions, they admit that others are having their babies instead.

Texas abortion facilities reported a huge drop in abortion numbers during the first 30 days when the pro-life law was in effect, according to research from the University of Texas at Austin. Abortion facilities reported 2,164 abortions in September 2021, down from 4,313 in September 2020, according to the research. That equates to 2,149 babies’ lives.

Meanwhile, pro-life advocates are offering real help to mothers and their babies across Texas, providing financial aid, material resources and many other forms of support. Along with passing the heartbeat law this year, Texas state lawmakers also increased support for pregnant and parenting mothers and babiesensuring that they have resources to choose life. This included $100 million for the state Alternatives to Abortion program as well as additional funding for the Healthy Texas Women program.