5 Times Justice Sotomayor Told Nothing But The Truth About Texas Abortion Ban
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Just when we thought the conservative U.S. Supreme Court might want to do right— after they decided to hear a federal challenge to the extreme Texas abortion ban— they predictably went off course.

Senate Bill 8, or S.B.8, prohibits abortions after 6 weeks. It also has the unusual feature of allowing private citizens to sue those who don’t comply with the law, essentially turning everyday people into bounty hunters.

In the Supreme Court ruling on Friday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a dissent excoriating the law and challenging her colleagues for not blocking the Texas ban today before it hears oral arguments from the federal government on November 1.

Here are 4 times she gave it to us straight:

  1. “By delaying any remedy, the Court enables continued and irreparable harm to women seeking abortion care and providers of such care in Texas—exactly as S. B. 8’s architects intended.”
ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES – 2021/10/02: Protesters hold placards during the demonstration. Around two hundred people marched on the streets of Alameda to defend women’s rights. Their demands included the right to abortion across the United States. (Photo by Michael Ho Wai Lee/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

2. “The promise of [a] future [decision] offers cold comfort…for Texas women seeking abortion care, who are entitled to relief now. These women will suffer personal harm from delaying their medical care, and as their pregnancies progress, they may even be unable to obtain abortion care altogether. Because every day the Court fails to grant relief is devastating, both for individual women and for our constitutional system as a whole.”

A protester carries a sign referring to Texas Governor Greg Abbott during the Women’s March and Rally for Abortion Justice in New York, on October 2, 2021. – The abortion rights battle took to the streets across the US, with hundreds of demonstrations planned as part of a new “Women’s March” aimed at countering an unprecedented conservative offensive to restrict the termination of pregnancies. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

3. “I cannot capture the totality of this harm in these pages. But as these excerpts illustrate [showing the financial and social consequences of the ban], the State (empowered by this Court’s inaction) has so thoroughly chilled the exercise of the right recognized in Roe as to nearly suspend it within its borders and strain access to it in other States. The State’s gambit has worked. The impact is catastrophic.”

Protesters take part in the Women’s March and Rally for Abortion Justice in New York, on October 2, 2021. – The abortion rights battle took to the streets across the US, with hundreds of demonstrations planned as part of a new “Women’s March” aimed at countering an unprecedented conservative offensive to restrict the termination of pregnancies. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

4. “Every day that S. B. 8 remains in effect is a day in which such tactics are rewarded. And every day the scheme succeeds increases the likelihood that it will be adapted to attack other federal constitutional rights.”

AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 02: Demonstrators rally against anti-abortion and voter suppression laws at the Texas State Capitol on October 2, 2021 in Austin, Texas. The Women’s March and other groups organized marches across the country to protest the new abortion law in Texas. (Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

5. “Those with sufficient resources may spend thousands of dollars and multiple days anxiously seeking care from out-of-state providers so overwhelmed with Texas patients that they cannot adequately serve their own communities. Those without the ability to make this journey, whether due to lack of money or childcare or employment flexibility or the myriad other constraints that shape people’s day-to-day lives, may be forced to carry to term against their wishes or resort to dangerous methods of self-help.”

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 02: Women rights activists hold up signs as they gather at Freedom Plaza for a pre-march rally of the annual Womens March October 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Women’s March and other groups organized marches across the country to protest the new abortion law in Texas. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

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