A U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the U.S. Supreme Court’s so-called shadow docket and Texas’ six-week abortion ban devolved into a sharply partisan debate Wednesday among committee members over abortion and the impact of the justices’ handling of their emergency docket.
The hearing, titled “Texas’s Unconstitutional Abortion Ban and the Role of the Shadow Docket,” was in response to the 5-4 order by the justices allowing the Texas law to take effect on Sept. 1. Besides banning abortion after six weeks, the law also cedes enforcement to private citizens who can sue any abortion provider or anyone who aids or abets an abortion and, if successful, collect at least $10,000.
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