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Sen. Collins calls new Texas abortion law ‘extreme and harmful’

The court’s action, for now, strips most women of the right to an abortion in the nation’s...
The court’s action, for now, strips most women of the right to an abortion in the nation’s second-largest state.(Gray tv)
Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 5:47 AM EDT
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PORTLAND, Maine (WMTW) - Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins described Texas’ new abortion law, dubbed the strictest in the country, as “extreme and harmful.”

In a statement to WMTW Thursday night, Collins said, “The Supreme Court recognized that there are ‘serious questions’ regarding the constitutionality of the Texas law, and it emphasized that its recent ruling does not address those questions. I oppose the Court’s decision to allow the law to remain in effect for now while these underlying constitutional and procedural questions are litigated.”

The court’s action, for now, strips most women of the right to an abortion in the nation’s second-largest state.

In an unsigned order just before midnight, the court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers and others that sought to block enforcement of the law that went into effect Wednesday.

The vote has revived some of the scrutiny surrounding Collins’ confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who sided with the majority on the Texas decision.

Collins, who supports abortion rights, said at the time of his 2018 confirmation process that she talked “at great length” with Kavanaugh about the application of established precedent to abortion cases.

She said she sees, and believes the Supreme Court sees, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion, “Roe vs. Wade,” as settled law.

The Texas law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks and before most women know they’re pregnant.

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