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Supreme Court rejects another attempt to block Texas’ six-week abortion ban

<i>Drew Angerer/Getty Images</i><br/>Over the furious dissent of three liberal justices
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Over the furious dissent of three liberal justices

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter

Over the furious dissent of three liberal justices, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected another attempt by abortion providers to block Texas’ six-week abortion ban.

The court’s order is the latest setback for providers who are trying to revive challenges to the law five months after it was allowed to go into effect, bringing a halt to most abortions in the country’s second-largest state.

Last month, the Supreme Court allowed the controversial law to remain in effect but it cleared limited path forward for the providers to sue a handful of licensing officials in Texas in order to block them from enforcing the law. The court’s ruling was a devastating blow to supporters of abortion rights who had hoped the justices would block the law outright. Instead, the case was returned to the conservative 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The dispute settled Thursday centered on whether the appeals court should immediately return what is left of the providers’ case to a district court judge who has expressed deep skepticism over the law, or whether the case could remain in the 5th Circuit for proceedings that could take months to resolve, further delaying the providers’ case.

The providers asked the justices to step in to demand the 5th Circuit return the case to the district court. Without comment, the Supreme Court’s majority denied the request.

The three liberal justices wrote a scathing dissent.

“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, joined by Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee.”

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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  1. These are mainly procedural rulings in anticipation of the overall Roe v Wade ruling coming for the Mississippi case. It’s a dead issue anyway. No one is now obeying the Texas law nor will they after the final rulings. Abortion will continue unabated.

      1. That’s true. There is no law against abortion per se. The law only manufactured a cause of action whereby antiabortion nut jobs could theoretically sue abortion providers. There were many abortions performed in Texas today and no lawsuits filed since inception of the law.

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