Posts Tagged:texas

With Supreme Court considering Roe v. Wade, Oklahoma governor signs abortion ban into law

Following news that the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn longstanding abortion protections, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation that immediately implemented a Texas-style abortion ban. Stitt on Tuesday signed legislation that will allow private citizens to sue anyone who “aids or abets” a woman seeking an abortion after a “fetal heartbeat” is detected or…Read More

Lawyers hope new evidence can stop Texas woman Melissa Lucio’s execution

During hours of relentless questioning, Melissa Lucio more than 100 times had denied fatally beating her 2-year-old daughter. But worn down from a lifetime of abuse and the grief of losing her daughter Mariah, her lawyers say, the Texas woman finally acquiesced to investigators. “I guess I did it,” Lucio responded when asked if she…Read More

Data Show a Durable Decline in Abortions Performed in Texas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission recently released abortion data showing that there were 2,251 abortions performed in the state in October 2021. With these statistics, we now know that the Texas Heartbeat Act — which took effect on September 1, 2021 — has significantly reduced the number of abortions performed in Texas. Data…Read More

Supreme Court deals another setback to abortion providers in latest decision on Texas heartbeat law

The Supreme Court rejected a request to remand Texas’ six-week abortion law back a federal district court Thursday, marking another setback for advocates who have been fighting to strike down the controversial measure. Justices Sotomayor, Kagan and Breyer dissented from the decision, which returns the issue to a state court for additional procedural determinations. The bill,…Read More

Pro-Life Fervor Spreads through States

Pro-life lawmakers in a growing number of states are calling for laws similar to Texas’ Heartbeat Law. “Bills with language similar or identical to the Texas law have been introduced in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and Ohio so far this year,” noted the liberal publication The Hill. “Most of the measures allow plaintiffs to seek monetary…Read More

Abortion, religious liberty, vaccine cases top Supreme Court’s busy 2021

This past year was busy for the nation’s high court, particularly with issues of interest to Catholics regarding abortion, religious liberty, COVID-19 vaccine mandates and the death penalty. This fall, all eyes were particularly on the court with its two cases looking at abortion laws in Texas and Mississippi. After hearing oral arguments in November,…Read More

Supreme Court lets challenge to Texas abortion law proceed, allows law to remain in effect

The Supreme Court last Friday morning ruled that a 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. “The Court concludes that the petitioners may pursue a…Read More