In the days since the Supreme Court allowed Texas to enforce a pro-life law prohibiting abortion on any child with cardiac activity, politicians and media outlets have unleashed a torrent of misinformation. Here are a few of the most common myths, along with the facts you need to know.
The Texas Heartbeat law “is clearly unconstitutional”
While announcing the Biden administration’s lawsuit against the state of Texas, Attorney General Merrick Garland said, “The law is clearly unconstitutional” under Supreme Court precedent. Similarly, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough gaped in disbelief that “the U.S. Supreme Court … willingly went along with the GOP’s ploy to strip Americans of a constitutional right … that’s been recognized by the Supreme Court for 50 years.” And CNN’s legal analyst Areva Martin found it “stunning that the Supreme Court would allow a law which is so blatantly unconstitutional, so blatantly in violation of the principle established by Roe v. Wade almost 50 years ago.”
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