Texas AG argues abortion is state's responsibility

Over nearly three hours of oral arguments, the justices heard separate challenges by President Joe Biden's administration and abortion providers to the Texas law.

Abortion rights in the United States are hanging in the balance as the nine justices tackled the dispute over the Texas law barring abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy before hearing arguments on Dec. 1 over the legality of a Mississippi measure prohibiting the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Outside the court, Senior Counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights, Marc Hearron, said, "We're pleased, obviously, several of the justices had concerns about the broad implications if a state is allowed to nullify a federal right through a scheme like Texas SB8."

Texas' Attorney General, Ken Paxton, said, "each state has a responsibility to do what they think is right and their legislators have a responsibility to represent their constituents views. And so, I'm pleased to represent this state on this particular issue and we're going to go forward in this."

In the challenge brought by Texas abortion providers, the court on Sept. 1 declined to halt the law, with five of the court's six conservative justices in the majority.

But there were signs during oral arguments that some conservative justices were reconsidering their positions.

Some justices signaled that existing Supreme Court precedent could accommodate the lawsuit brought by abortion providers challenging the law against even with the measure's unusual private-citizen enforcement structure.

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