BREAKING: Texas Heartbeat Law Federal Court Hearing Today, After Two SCOTUS Victories
Breaking:Texas Heartbeat Law Federal Court Hearing Today, After Two SCOTUS Victories
Austin, TX— This morning, January 7th at 9:00am, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans (this appeals court governs the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi) will have a court hearing a narrow issue in the Texas Heartbeat Law case that the U.S. Supreme sent back to the lower court after allowing the pro-life law to be enforced, for a second time. The U.S. Supreme Court remanded this portion of the Texas Heartbeat Law case, on December 16th, to the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals after upholding the Texas Heartbeat Law. The Supreme Court ruled that the abortion businesses could not bring suit against Attorney General Ken Paxton, state-court judges, state-court clerks, and other individuals. The Court hearing today will determine whether a few other government officials and agencies can be sued under the Texas Heartbeat Law, even though the law make its clear that the Heartbeat law does not involve government officials and that it can only be enforced by private citizens through civil court cases. The entities that the abortion groups want to entangle in this case are the Texas Medical Board, Texas Board of Nursing, Texas Board of Pharmacy, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
It’s possible that this remaining legal question could be sent to the Texas Supreme Court to be resolved. The Texas Heartbeat law will remain enforceable and in effect (as it has been since September 1, 2021) regardless of how the appeals court rules on this technical legal question.
Jonathan Saenz, President and Attorney for Texas Values released the following statement:
“We are confident that the beat will go on and the Texas Heartbeat law will remain in effect and enforceable after this hearing and decision by the federal appeals court. The U.S. Supreme Court has seen the Texas Heartbeat Law twice and twice the Texas Heartbeat Law has prevailed. This 5th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing will be no different. More information can be found can be found at texasheartbeatlaw.com.”
Texas Values expects the ruling to have very little effect on the continued enforcement and prevailing of the Texas Heartbeat Law. The Texas Heartbeat Law has already prevailed twice at the U.S. Supreme Court and has established itself as one of the most important and recent national policies. The Texas Heartbeat Law has been has already saved over 19,000 lives since it went into effect on September 1, 2021.
The Texas Heartbeat Law requires abortionists to check for a baby’s heartbeat and inform the mother if the presence of a heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as 5 weeks gestation.
Texas Values was the leading faith and family organization in Texas which led in every phase of the passage of the Texas Heartbeat law. For more information about the Texas Heartbeat Law, please visit our newly updated website: https://texasheartbeatlaw.com/.
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