Bloomberg Law
Dec. 10, 2021, 7:05 PMUpdated: Dec. 10, 2021, 8:22 PM

Supreme Court Abortion Ruling Paves Way for Copycat Laws (1)

Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson
Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson
Lydia Wheeler
Lydia Wheeler
Senior Reporter

The Supreme Court’s ruling leaving Texas’ six-week abortion ban in place while allowing challenges to continue opens the door for copycat laws targeting constitutional rights, as long as other states do a little tweaking.

The court ruled 8-1 that the providers could sue state licensing officials in charge of disciplining doctors who violate the law, known as S.B. 8. But five justices also said providers couldn’t sue other state officials, such as court clerks or the state attorney general.

That ruling will give states “the political cover to go ahead and enact harsh restrictions on abortion providers that cowardly place ...

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