Human Rights Campaign Responds to Supreme Court’s Decision to Allow Legal Challenge to Texas’ Six Week Abortion Ban

by Aryn Fields

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow the lawsuit against Texas’ S.B. 8 licensing officials to continue, while denying relief against state-court officials and the Texas attorney general. S.B. 8 is a dangerous state law that bans abortion after the first six weeks of pregnancy, often before a person knows they are pregnant, and allows private citizens to sue reproductive healthcare providers and others. In September, the Court declined to take emergency action against the law as it was about to go into effect.

Human Rights Campaign Legal Director Sarah Warbelow issued the following statement:

Having access to needed medical care, including abortion care, is a right that every person is entitled to and Texas lawmakers have stripped that from pregnant people in their state. The Supreme Court’s decision today allowing the law to be challenged is a hopeful step forward—however, it still leaves abortion access in peril and increasingly vulnerable. The landmark precedent set in Roe and Casey must be upheld to ensure a continued right to privacy."

Sarah Warbelow, Human Rights Campaign Legal Director

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