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Biden warns of 'unconstitutional chaos' due to Texas abortion ban

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2/2 © Reuters. Storm clouds roll in over the U.S. Supreme Court, following an abortion ruling by the Texas legislature, in Washington, U.S., September 1, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner 2/2

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A Texas law imposing a near-total ban on abortion that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed to stand will cause "unconstitutional chaos" by infringing on a right that women have exercised for almost a half-century, President Joe Biden warned on Thursday.

The court, with a 6-3 conservative majority, also raised questions about how it will rule on a more sweeping upcoming case that could curb abortion rights nationwide, as it left in place the ban https://www.reuters.com/world/us/texas-abortion-ban-opens-up-wild-west-enforcement-critics-say-2021-09-02 on abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy.

Texas' ban has so far survived legal challenges partly because of an unusual feature that leaves enforcement up to individual citizens, who could collect cash bounties of at least $10,000 for bringing successful lawsuits against women who seek abortion after their sixth week of pregnancy or those who help them.

Civil rights advocates warned that concept could cause havoc https://www.reuters.com/world/us/texas-abortion-ban-opens-up-wild-west-enforcement-critics-say-2021-09-02 if it is adopted by other states or applied to other contentious rights, such as gun ownership.

"It unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts," Biden, a Democrat, said in a statement directing federal agencies to act to protect the right to abortion enshrined in the high court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. "Complete strangers will now be empowered to inject themselves in the most private and personal health decisions faced by women."

By a 5-4 vote, the justices late on Wednesday denied an emergency request by abortion and women's health providers for an injunction on enforcement of the ban while litigation continues.

The ban took effect early on Wednesday and prohibits abortion at a point when many women do not even realize they are pregnant. The law could still be blocked at some other stage.

The law would amount to a near-total ban on the procedure in Texas - the second-most-populous U.S. state - as 85% to 90% of abortions are obtained after six weeks of pregnancy, and would probably force many clinics to close, abortion rights groups said.

'STUNNING'

One of the court's six conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts, joined its three liberals in dissent.

"The court's order is stunning," liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a dissenting opinion.

"Presented with an application to enjoin a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny, a majority of justices have opted to bury their heads in the sand."

In an unsigned explanation, the court's majority said the Texas law's unusual construction - leaving enforcement to individuals bringing lawsuits - limited its ability to act and that its decision was not a reflection of the ultimate constitutionality of the law.

"Federal courts enjoy the power to enjoin individuals tasked with enforcing laws, not the laws themselves," the court said. "This order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas’s law, and in no way limits other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law, including in Texas state courts."

A majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in the United States, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. In a June survey https://www.reuters.com/world/us/plurality-americans-would-strike-down-mississippi-abortion-ban-2021-06-24, some 52% said it should be legal in most or all cases, with just 36% saying it should be illegal in most or all cases.

The Republican president of Florida's state Senate, Wilton Simpson, told local station WFLY-TV on Thursday that he planned to follow Texas' lead and bring up a similar abortion ban in the chamber's next session.

"This law will begin saving the lives of tens of thousands of Texas babies and we look forward to the day that babies’ lives will be spared across America," said Carol Tobias, president of the anti-abortion National Right to Life Committee.

Biden, a Roman Catholic who has shifted to the left on abortion in recent years, said the White House would look at what steps the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice can take to respond to the Texas law. The Office of the White House Counsel and Biden's Gender Policy Council will also review the matter.

POLARIZING ISSUE

Abortion remains a deeply polarizing issue, with a majority of Democrats supporting abortion rights and most Republicans opposing them. The number of abortions reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dropped in recent decades, to roughly 620,000 in 2018, the most recent figures, down from 790,000 in 2009.

Congress has the power to legalize abortion nationwide, and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted the Texas law and vowed to take up a bill to do so when Congress returns later this month.

"Its purpose is to destroy Roe v. Wade, and even refuses to make exceptions for cases of rape and incest," Pelosi said. "This ban necessitates codifying Roe v. Wade."

Democrats hold narrow majorities in Congress, but passage in the House would not guarantee success in the Senate, which requires 60 of its 100 members to agree on most legislation. Democrats hold 50 seats in that chamber, with Vice President Kamala Harris holding a tie-breaking vote.

The court decision illustrates the impact of Republican former President Donald Trump's three conservative appointees to the nation's highest court, who have tilted it further to the right. All were in the majority.

A ban like Texas' has never been permitted in any state since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.

Texas is among a dozen mostly Republican-led states to ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, often at six weeks.

Courts had previously blocked such bans, citing Roe v. Wade.

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in the coming months in a case centering on Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban, in which the state has asked the justices to overturn Roe v. Wade. A ruling is due by the end of June 2022.

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William Smith
William Smith Sep 05, 2021 6:05PM ET
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Leftists love ***the unborn, yet living children.
William Smith
William Smith Sep 05, 2021 6:05PM ET
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The deleted word is K, followed by an I then two LL's.
Mike Mike
Mike Mike Sep 04, 2021 2:54AM ET
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Nothing but chits coming out of bibles
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Sep 04, 2021 2:11AM ET
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So, “good trouble”, right?
Melissa Brown
Melissa Brown Sep 03, 2021 8:30PM ET
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Now biden is worried about something being unconstitutional. He thought it was ok to take away property owners right. That was also unconstitutional and he did it anyways. Hypocrite!!
ben sc
ben sc Sep 03, 2021 3:40PM ET
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Shouldn't the science settle this? easy to define life. There is no constitutional basis to support a right to terminate a pregnancy. This SCOTUS made it clear how they'll rule. The left should actually defer this to states rights rather than press SCOTUS.
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Sep 03, 2021 3:30PM ET
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Whether you like it or not, at 6 weeks there is a heartbeat. Beyond doubt its a life at that point. The point I dont agree with is outlawing the *******and ********cases. That is ridiculous.
Mike Mike
Mike Mike Sep 03, 2021 3:04PM ET
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There should be mandatory abortion for low life not meeting income requirements
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Sep 03, 2021 2:42PM ET
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Taliban governs Texas?
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Sep 03, 2021 2:42PM ET
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Nope, just people who don’t want babies killed.
John Hat
John Hat Sep 03, 2021 2:11PM ET
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Wait, women's health? Now it's women's health? So much Democrat Discrimination.
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Sep 03, 2021 1:46PM ET
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Dude, you left more arms and equipment to ***than entire Europe has.  And you call this little ********thing a chaos!
Jokers R Us
Jokers R Us Sep 03, 2021 1:43PM ET
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All the democrats do is gaslight..gaslight gaslight gaslight.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Sep 03, 2021 10:31AM ET
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God bless Texas!
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone Sep 02, 2021 10:58PM ET
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Um.. we've been witnessing "Unconstitutional Chaos'" of epic porortions over the last 8 months.
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Sep 02, 2021 9:13PM ET
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I’m happy my ex fiancee & I had an **** The feeling was invigorating! Try it out!
Catholic Man
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That is sick.
Luke Davis
Luke Davis Sep 02, 2021 9:13PM ET
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Too bad your parents didn't feel that way Daniel.
Franco Dominguez
Franco Dominguez Sep 02, 2021 9:05PM ET
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use *******feminists
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Sep 02, 2021 9:01PM ET
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Why is everyone attacking Biden? I thought Trump was going to be reinstated by now?
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone Sep 02, 2021 9:01PM ET
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Patients.. '24 is right around the corner.
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Sep 02, 2021 9:01PM ET
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Mark Stallone if you knew how to spell patience, I may have taken you seriously. Please run him again! The majority begs you! Please run Trump again!! I beg you! Lol!!
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Sep 02, 2021 7:16PM ET
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Never forget the crimes that Joe Biden has committed. His administration may be sweeping everything under the rug. Just don't forget people
Aux Gold
Aux Gold Sep 02, 2021 6:50PM ET
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Hey my body my choice right but I guess that’s only for when a woman wants to get an ***not when pharmaceuticals are to be jabbed into your body infringing on your rights and religious rights and medical rights and freedom of movement rates and the right to work and the right to eat but hey let’s let’s cry over abortions
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam Sep 02, 2021 6:18PM ET
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when the woman doesn't know who the father is, she goes for *** but the Texan knows, so why should she
King Agamemnon
King_Agamemnon Sep 02, 2021 5:50PM ET
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CHAOS is leaving 85 billion dollars of US military equipment in the hands of the Taliban and abandoning Americans to get tortured to death by ISIS. 81 million people did not vote for this fraud.
Mark Manley
Mark Manley Sep 02, 2021 5:45PM ET
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Really? I mean really? You wanna see unconstitutional chaos, just look at Afghanistan. If that's not a president violating the constitutional dictates of his office, then nothing is.
Adrian White
Adrian White Sep 02, 2021 5:45PM ET
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How does leaving Afghanistan have anything to do with "unconstitutional chaos"? It was chaotic, yes. But nothing to do with the US Constitution.
Jack Bquick
Jack Bquick Sep 02, 2021 4:25PM ET
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Ole Joe is confused. The chaos he's referring to is what he caused in Afghanistan. He couldn't find Texas on a map.
Jon Gr
Jon Gr Sep 02, 2021 4:19PM ET
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Conservative justices rule based on the Constitution. Liberal justices rule based on their own political agendas. Dont talk to us about a Constitutional crisis.
Joseph Armour
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Your wrong. Read the Federalist papers. You may learn a thing or two about power and why the existence of the Supreme court helps water it down. Which is the real purpose of having our government broken up into so many parts. The reason conflict between each branch and within the House and Senate is desirable. While too much cooperation is the end of democracy.
Joseph Armour
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Read your constitution. The Supreme Court does not rule on the wording of the law or Constitution. It is a third branch of our government. Openly and clearly a political body. What it decides with each ruling is the current political leanings of interpretation of the U.S. constitution. Those political leanings make the justices as powerful as any Senator, and as a whole, as powerful as the office of the president. The Supreme court DECIDES what the law IS, and they decide whether to make such decisions or not. That IS how the founding fathers intended!!! Check Justice Marshals first big case.
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Sep 02, 2021 1:36PM ET
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MAGA! Make Abortions Great Again!
Luke Davis
Luke Davis Sep 02, 2021 1:36PM ET
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Too bad your parents didn't feel that way!
 
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