Litigation Update: SCOTUS and the Texas Heartbeat Bill

Civil Rights Practice Group and Religious Liberties Practice Group Teleforum

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On September 1, 2021, the Texas Heartbeat bill went into effect, banning abortions as soon as cardiac activity is present in an unborn child—around six weeks gestation.  The bill also allows private citizens to sue and enforce the new law.  Opponents of the bill appealed to the Supreme Court for an emergency stay and the Court denied relief, allowing the Texas law to go into effect.  Joining us to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision and its implications is Ethics and Public Policy Distinguished Senior Fellow Ed Whelan.  Read additional comment from Mr. Whelan on National Review. 


  • Edward Whelan, Distinguished Senior Fellow and Antonin Scalia Chair in Constitutional Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center  

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