Human Rights Campaign Statement on Supreme Court Hearing on Texas Abortion Ban

by Aryn Fields

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Texas’ 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.

It is not only unconscionable that this law was passed by the Texas state legislature but that the Supreme Court allowed it to go into effect—every day in Texas people are being stripped of their constitutional rights. The unprecedented provision in this law that allows private citizens to sue any patient, provider, or person associated with accessing reproductive health care is a dangerous vigilante scheme meant to put the onus onto the people and not the state. The fact remains that this law is clearly unconstitutional, and it is time for the Court to prioritize long established constitutional rights by blocking the Texas law.

Sarah Warbelow, Human Rights Campaign Legal Director

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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