The Center for Reproductive Rights will be arguing its case challenging Texas’s abortion ban before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, November 1. Listen to the arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson, which are being livestreamed on the Supreme Court website at 10 a.m.
The Court will also hear arguments in United States v. Texas, a case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) challenging the same Texas law. Oral arguments for the DOJ’s case will also be livestreamed, starting at approximately 11 a.m.
The Texas law, S.B. 8, bans abortion care after approximately six weeks of pregnancy—before many know they’re pregnant—and incentivizes individuals to seek monetary penalties by suing anyone who provides an abortion or assists someone in obtaining one after the law’s limit. The Court has declined to block the law before the argument date.
The Texas ban took effect on September 1 and has ended most abortion access in the state.
In Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson, the Court will decide whether federal courts have the power to review Texas’s law, which prohibits the exercise of a constitutional right, by delegating to the general public the authority to enforce that prohibition through civil actions. In the DOJ case, the Court will decide both whether to reinstate the order by the federal district court blocking the law and whether the United States government has the authority to bring this case against the State of Texas to prevent its state court judges, state court clerks, other state officials, and private parties from enforcing S.B. 8.