Roe v Wade takes another blow as Supreme Court upholds Texas abortion law

Women’s rights under the constitution have been undermined by Texas’s abortion ban, but the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is refusing to step in

Sonia Sotomayor: the liberal justice’s dissent illustrated the bipartisan chasm that has opened up in the Supreme Court. Picture: Getty

The US Supreme Court has refused to strike down a Texas law that prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and provides for its enforcement through lawsuits by private citizens instead of state officials.

But one aspect of the court’s Friday ruling, which allows abortion providers in Texas to continue their legal challenges at a state level, has been called “a narrow victory for abortion rights”.

It has effectively provided a green light to other ...