Texas Defies Roe V. Wade

Connor Rogers, Writer, editor

Just before midnight on September 1st, the U. S. Supreme court voted 5 to 4 refusing to block the Texas Heartbeat Act which denies women to get abortions. The law specifically bars abortion after cardiac activity has been detected in the embryo, which is usually around six weeks into pregnancy. 

For the Supreme court to vote not to block this act is for them to completely ignore the 1973 landmark court case that is Roe v. Wade. In this case, Jane Roe went in front of the Supreme court to argue for women’s right to an abortion. After hours of arguing and debating, the court came to 7 to 2 that women have a constitutional right to get an abortion, stating that the Due Process clause of the 14th amendment provides them a “right of privacy.”  These standards were revised in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the standards for placing state restrictions were changed. One said change was the Undue burden standard which stated that abortion restrictions would be unconstitutional if they place a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion. 

What makes this law so different from other state restrictions on abortions is the way it is enforced. Instead of state officials enforcing the law, private citizens are inclined sue anyone who provides abortion service or the people who aid them. If they prevail in court and are not associated with the woman getting the abortion, then the person is rewarded 10,000 dollars in damages. This could still lead to multiple false accusations or accusations made in fits of anger, which would take money and resources away from real cases. 

Women have a right to decide whether to keep their babies or not, and it is unfair for states to try and take away that right. For any system to restrict that right is unconstitutional and should either be amended or gotten rid of. We must come together to fight against this law or it will continue to undo all that Roe v. Wade has done for women’s rights.