On November 1 the US Supreme Court will hear legal challenges against Texas’ SB8 bill, arguably the most conservative abortion bill standing. The bill bars abortion once a heartbeat is detected, which is approximately six-weeks–before most women realize they’re pregnany.
The bill was reinstated earlier this month after brief suspension by U.S. District Judge Pitman.
The hearing will decide whether if the federal government can sue Texas. The Biden Administration has made various remarks on SB8 citing the bill is unconstitutional; President Biden’s statement is quoted, “Today, Texas law SB8 went into effect. This extreme Texas law blatantly violates the constitutional right established under Roe v. Wade and upheld as precedent for nearly half a century.”
Not only has the bill received backlash from the current administration, but private companies have rallied against SB8, too. Over 50 companies have signed a document titled “Don’t Ban Equality in Texas”, claiming that the bill is an encroachment on the reproductive rights of women. Yelp, Netflix and Lyft are included.