US Supreme Court says Texas abortion clinics can sue over law

US Supreme Court says Texas abortion clinics can sue over law
# 11 December 2021 03:28 (UTC +04:00)

The US Supreme Court has ruled that abortion providers can sue to challenge a controversial Texas abortion law, APA reports citing BBC.

The law, known as SB8, gives people the right to sue doctors who perform an abortion past six weeks, before most women know they are pregnant.

In its ruling, however, the court said that the law can remain in effect, leaving it in place.

Doctors, women's rights groups and the Biden administration have heavily criticised the law.

The divisive law - which came into effect on 1 September - bans abortion after what some refer to as a foetal heartbeat. The law makes an exception for cases of medical emergency, but not for rape or incest.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says that at six weeks a foetus has not yet developed a heartbeat, but rather an "electronically induced" flickering of tissues that will become the heart.

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