Senator Bill Cassidy (Republican of Louisiana) takes an escalator to the Senate subway on Capitol Hill in Washington Friday, July 30, 2021. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo
On Wednesday, Texas' restrictive abortion law was in effect.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court rejected to block the law.
One GOP senator stated that they will eventually "swat" it away, and that it is being used to distract attention from other issues.
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GOP Senator Bill Cassidy stated that he believes the US Supreme Court would "swat away" Texas' restrictive abortion laws.
Cassidy stated that "I think it will be swat away by the Supreme Court once it comes to them, in an appropriate fashion," during a Sunday interview on ABC's "This Week."
Texas Heartbeat law (or SB 8) went into effect Wednesday. It bans abortions after six weeks. This is before most women realize they are pregnant.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court rejected to block the law. It was not a decision on the merits of either the 1973 Roe V. Wade decision, which made abortion legal in the US, but it did address the issue. The court ruled that it could not intervene in the dispute. A majority of justices said they weren't ready to hear the whole thing.
They wrote that the order was not based upon any conclusion regarding the constitutionality Texas' law and does not limit other procedurally correct challenges to Texas' law, even in Texas state courts.
Cassidy stated to ABC's George Stephanopoulos, that the ruling had nothing to do "with the constitutionality Roe v. Wade," but rather was about the fact that those bringing the case did not have "standing" or enough stake to file the challenge.
Cassidy stated, "If it's as horrible as people think it is, it'll be destroyed by The Supreme Court."
Supporters of legal abortion call the decision a "soft" reversal of Roe V. Wade.
President Joe Biden was critical and stated that the law "will significantly impair women’s access to the healthcare they need".
Biden stated that Friday's statement was "it just seems," and added, "It just seems... I know this sounds absurd, almost un-American."
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Cassidy claimed that the ruling was being used by Democrats to distract attention from other issues like the US withdrawal in Afghanistan.
Cassidy stated that people are using it to distract from the disastrous policies in Afghanistan and maybe to raise funds. I wish we could focus on issues and not theater. It was all about whether they had standing and nothing to do constitutionality. We should be focusing on other issues.
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