The abortion law on Texas bounty hunters can stay on the books for a long time

WHEN THE A Texas lawmaker passed a law trying to ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, with many Supreme Court observers expecting it to be suspended because it opposes the right to abortion. Roe v Wade, which the court has recognized for nearly 50 years. Instead the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, rejected this for procedural reasons. The law has come into force which, most obviously, is bad for women in Texas. But it is also bad for the judiciary itself and for the rule of law because, through their inaction, judges in the majority have allowed the American judicial system to be hacked.

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Texas law is surprisingly scary. The execution mechanism of her novel was created by a former former employee Antonin Scalia, a judge who died in 2016, to escape court scrutiny. Problems with the constitution of a state law usually require a person to file a lawsuit against state officials. Texas law makes this difficult, clearly paving the way for public officials in Texas to comply with it. Alternatively, anyone located anywhere in the country can sue a Tekshan who assists in obtaining an abortion after six weeks, from a taxi driver or a relative who has driven a woman to a clinic to the receptionists or nurses working there. As an incentive, successful prosecutors will be reimbursed for their legal costs and receive a $ 10,000 reward, as a penalty against the target of the lawsuit. This type of abortion is prohibited without the participation of one Texas Ranger.

The law does not allow prosecutors to prosecute women who rape, possibly because direct targeting of pregnant women is not popular. But the effect is the same. Although no one has yet taken advantage of the law to file a lawsuit and claim their reward, the fear of being prosecuted means that abortion clinics in Texas have turned women away from women. A likely consequence is that more women in other states will later seek out more traumatic assaults. Abortion files, which are sent by post, can in theory give one way around the law. But Texas is one of 19 states that requires a physician to be prepared when taking these medications that can be safely taken at home. Any doctor who started abortion in this way can now be prosecuted.

One good legislative principle is that the rules should be both simple and straightforward. This is not one. Conservative advocates have previously advocated torture reform to make America less judgmental. That principle also turns out to be impossible. As John Roberts, the president of the court, said in his objection, it would have been better for the court to temporarily block Texas law because it is somewhat unusual.

The decision does not cause damage to the Supreme Court. It is hard to imagine that most of them would have been so comfortable if Texas law had offered rewards to those who sue gun shops and their employees after school shops. The five judges are in the majority therefore open to lawsuits for reasons of motivation, which is particularly troubling since the court is due to convict them in their future term (which starts next month). Roe – Prohibition of abortion after 15 weeks approved by the Mississippi state council.

It is still possible for the court to classify Texas law as illegal. The most direct way would be for someone to successfully file a lawsuit, then the object of that lawsuit. The lower court can take the case and, ultimately, it can take up to the High Court. But it may last a year or longer. The Justice Department plans to file a complaint with Texas, though it is unclear if it will work either. In the meantime, a law that takes basic choices from women will remain in place.

This is a bad result. The vast majority of Americans want abortion to be legal in the first trimester of pregnancy and illegal in the third trimester, with few exceptions when fetal birth would endanger a woman’s life. The country’s long-term abortion warriors cannot afford to pay people $ 10,000 to sue a nurse.M

This article appeared in the Guides section of the print edition entitled “The Problem of the Court.”