The U.S. Supreme Court had already agreed to take up its first major abortion rights case under the new conservative majority when the issue of Texas’ new six-week abortion ban suddenly came before the justices.

Republican-controlled state legislatures two years ago began passing a new wave of abortion restrictions with an apparent goal of getting the issue of Roe v. Wade before the conservative-controlled court. That came to fruition in May, when the justices agreed to review the constitutionality of state laws that ban abortions before the third trimester of a pregnancy in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. But before it could even hear arguments in that case, it allowed a state law that violates Roe, and signed just months ago, to stay in place.

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