An attempt by abortion clinics to have the new abortion law in Texas declared illegal has been rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. This means that the new law, where abortion is only possible under very strict conditions, remains in force in Texas. US President Biden calls the Supreme Court decision “an unprecedented attack on women‘s fundamental rights”.
Biden also says he has asked the federal government to see what steps are needed to allow women in Texas to access “safe and legal abortions.”
Under the new law, the termination of pregnancy is prohibited if there is a heartbeat. This can often be done in the sixth week.
In addition, a $10,000 premium has to be paid by people who support an illegal abortion. That amount will then be given to the person who indicates them. This applies not only to the doctors who perform the abortion, but also to someone who drives a woman to a clinic, pays an abortion or provides mental support.
Yesterday, Biden condemned the law. He spoke of an “unmistakable violation” of constitutional rights. “The Texas law will significantly impede women’s access to healthcare, especially for color communities and low-income people,” he said in a statement.