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Biden team asks Supreme Court to pause Texas abortion law

Supreme Court Abortion
Posted at 1:01 PM, Oct 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-18 16:03:04-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure’s constitutionality plays out in the courts.

The administration has also taken the unusual step of telling the justices they could grant the Texas law full review and decide its fate this term.

No court has yet reached a decision on the constitutionality of the Texas law, and the Supreme Court rarely grants such requests.

The law has been in effect since September, aside from a short pause due to a lower court's ruling which was stayed by an appeals court.

It bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks and before some women know they are pregnant.