GOP Senator Bill Cassidy Predicts SCOTUS Will Overturn Texas Abortion Ban

Senator Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican, said that he believes the Supreme Court will ultimately overturn Texas' controversial abortion ban despite its refusal on Wednesday to block the statute.

The Texas law effectively bans all abortions—including in cases of rape and incest—after six weeks. Reproductive rights advocates have pointed out that most women do not even know they are pregnant at six weeks, meaning the law essentially bans all abortions in the state.

During a Sunday interview with ABC News' This Week, Cassidy downplayed the criticism of the Supreme Court's ruling. The GOP senator said that the decision was not about the constitutionality of the Texas law.

"The ruling on SCOTUS was that the plaintiffs did not have standing. It had nothing to do with the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade. It was only on if the plaintiffs had standing," Cassidy said. Roe v. Wade is the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that established the legal precedent that the Constitution protects women's right to abortions.

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Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) said during a Sunday interview that the Texas abortion ban will eventually be overturned in the courts. In this photo, Cassidy talks to reporters before walking to the Senate Chambers at the U.S. Capitol on August 4 in Washington, D.C. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The Republican lawmaker predicted that the Texas abortion ban will inevitably be struck down.

"I think the Supreme Court will swat it away once it comes to them in an appropriate manner. If it is as terrible as people say it is, it will be destroyed by the Supreme Court," Cassidy said.

Critics of the Texas law have said it amounts to legalizing "vigilantism." In a bid to prevent reproductive rights advocates from suing state officials, the law puts private citizens in charge of policing abortions after six weeks. The ban allows Texans to sue individuals and clinics for "aiding and abetting" abortions performed after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

As Cassidy noted, the Supreme Court's ruling stated that it was not ruling on the constitutionality of the Texas law.

"In reaching this conclusion, we stress that we do not purport to resolve definitively any jurisdictional or substantive claim in the applicants' lawsuit," the court said in its decision. "In particular, this order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas's law, and in no way limits other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law, including in Texas state courts."

Other conservatives have shared similar views to that of Cassidy.

Former Representative Barbara Comstock, a Virginia Republican, criticized the Texas law during a Sunday interview with NBC News' Meet the Press. Comstock described the law as "flawed," saying "it's bad policy and it's bad law." The former GOP congresswoman said she expects the courts to overturn the law "fairly quickly."

An April poll conducted by Pew Research showed that a significant majority of Americans support abortion under most circumstances. The survey found that nearly six in 10 (59 percent) of Americans thought abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

Newsweek reached out to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for comment on the abortion law's future legal battles and Cassidy's remarks, but did not immediately receive a response.