Supreme Court fails to act on Texas’ near-total abortion ban
Some legal scholars have argued that the situation is still fluid and that abortion rights activists are overinterpreting the case.
“The case has been the subject of an exaggeration,” William Baude, professor of law at the University of Chicago, said Wednesday. “The idea that unless the court acted last night it was de facto overturning Roe v. Wade is not true.”
The challenge to the law remains pending in the lower federal courts, he said, and they are ready to deal with the complex issues of the case.
Yet access to abortion has declined dramatically across the state. At Whole Woman’s Health in Fort Worth, the patient’s last appointment ended at 11:56 p.m. on Tuesday, said Marva Sadler, the organization’s senior director of clinical services. She said doctors started early Tuesday morning and treated 117 patients, more than usual.
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“It was absolutely organized chaos,” said Ms. Sadler, who had come from San Antonio to help. “Patients were waiting more than five and six hours for their procedures to be done. “
She said patients were waiting in their cars, as well as in the waiting room. Some were invited to come back later. On Wednesday, she said, the clinic was in uncharted waters. Of the 79 people on the schedule, she estimated that around 20 could eventually complete their procedures. Many, she said, would be too far advanced in their pregnancies to be treated under the new law.
“People are confused,” she said. “They don’t know where to go. They don’t know what this law is.
When the law took effect, Democrats attacked it and pledged to fight to maintain abortion rights in Texas and across the country. In a statement, President Biden said the measure “flagrantly violates” the constitutional right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade.