Texas Supreme Court Ends Federal Court Challenge to State’s Abortion Ban

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled abortion providers can’t sue state officials to block S.B. 8, which bans abortion at six weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. The unanimous decision closed the narrow pathway to challenge the law left open by the U.S. Supreme Court last December. The law, which went in effect on September 1 last year, will stay in effect for the foreseeable future.

“With this ruling, the sliver of this case that we were left with is gone,” said Nancy Northup, CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “We are in a moment of crisis not only for reproductive rights but for our justice system and the rule of law.”