Supreme Court refuses to block Texas law that bans most abortions

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The Supreme Court declined to block a Texas law banning most abortions in a 5-4 decision.Chief Justice John Roberts and the court's three liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, dissented in the late Wednesday move.The narrowly decided opinion, issued in a single paragraph, dealt a major blow to abortion access in Texas. It also underscored the significance of the court's ideological shift to right under former President Donald Trump. All three of his appointees – Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett – voted with the majority.In a furious dissent, Sotomayor called it "stunning" that the five justices in the majority "have opted to bury their heads in the sand" rather than enjoin the "flagrantly unconstitutional" Texas law.The "heartbeat" law took effect Wednesday. It effectively bars most abortions in Texas after six weeks of pregnancy — when many women still have yet to discover they are pregnant — and allows private
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