On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a lower court’s decisions in a Texas case where the judges upheld Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order restricting abortions during the COVID-10 pandemic, to protect women’s health.
The lower court’s rulings in the 5th circuit said that “a state can restrict constitutional rights including, ‘one’s right to peaceably assemble, to publicly worship, to travel, and even to leave one’s home. The right to abortion is no exception.’”
Gov. Abbott replaced the challenged executive order with a new one that allowed abortions to resume in Texas two days after the appeals court’s second decision.
However, despite the change, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that it was dismissing the appeal while vacating the 5th Circuit’s ruling.
The Supreme Court’s move is a win for pro-abortion advocates, such as Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Lawyering Project, who appealed the case, calling Gov. Abbott’s COVID-19 executive order exploitation of the public health crisis while lauding the Supreme Court’s decision as an “important” move to make sure “bad case law was wiped from the books.”