The U.S. Supreme Court today allowed medical providers’ challenge to SB 8 to proceed against certain defendants, but once again failed to block Texas’ extreme abortion ban during the pendency of the litigation.

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, today released the following statement in response:

“Every day SB 8 remains in effect, it harms Texans by denying them their constitutionally protected right to abortion care. What’s happening in Texas now is a real-time preview of what’s at stake across the country: Many people seeking care are unable to travel and are being forced to remain pregnant against their will. The right to decide if or when to have a child is essential to a person’s ability to make highly personal decisions about their bodies and their futures—and it is essential for social, economic, and gender and racial equality in this country. 

“The Supreme Court did not decide on the merits today—but no matter how the merits are ultimately decided, the ACLU will never back down from the fight for reproductive freedom. We will continue urging Congress to enact safeguards for abortion rights by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act. And together with our partners, we will continue to use all of our tools here in Massachusetts to ensure that everyone who has made the decision to get an abortion can actually get the care they need, no matter where they live, how much money they have, or who they are.”

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