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Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Lawsuit to Proceed in Lower Court While Law Remains in Effect

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The highly anticipated decision from the Supreme Court is out. On Friday morning, SCOTUS ruled that the “lawsuit by abortion providers against Texas over its abortion law may proceed, despite arguments by Texas that the way the law was written made it so that parties could not sue against the law until it was enforced” reports Fox News.

The Court’s, led by Justice Neil Gorsuch stated, “the Court concludes that the petitioners may pursue a pre-enforcement challenge against certain of the named defendants but not others.”

“The petitioners then filed a request for injunctive relief with the Court, seeking emergency resolution of their application ahead of [the law’s] approaching effective date…In the abbreviated time available for review, the Court concluded that the petitioners’ filings failed to identify a basis in existing law that could justify disturbing the Fifth Circuit’s decision to deny injunctive relief” the Court said.

Thus, the Court is allowing the law to remain in effect as the lawsuit challenges its legality in a lower federal court. The Court also dismissed a challenge made by the Department of Justice against the Texas law, meaning “only the suit by private parties will go forward against the law, with the potential to invalidate at a later time” reports Fox News.

The court also noted “other viable avenues to contest the law’s compliance with the Federal Constitution also may be possible and the Court does not prejudge the possibility.”

In a concurring opinion joined by the court’s three liberals, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote “these provisions, among others, effectively chill the provision of abortions in Texas. Texas says that the law also blocks any pre-enforcement judicial review in federal court. On that latter contention, Texas is wrong.”

In a partial dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor criticized her colleagues for not putting the law on hold while the lower courts continue to decide the case. “The (Supreme) Court should have put an end to this madness months ago. It failed to do so then, and it fails again today.”

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  1. Don

    December 10, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    If anyone is mad it’s the leftist justices.

  2. W R

    December 15, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Absolutely correct.

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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