SCOTUS to Issue At Least 1 Ruling Monday, Unknown if Texas Abortion Case to Be Included

The Supreme Court has announced that at least one opinion will be issued on Monday, November 22.

The case affiliated with this opinion is currently unknown. However, The Associated Press has speculated that SCOTUS could release a statement on Texas' ban on abortion after six weeks. There are now two cases against the law, which the justices reviewed on November 1. Given the unique fast-track that the judges granted Texas cases, there is a chance that a decision could be announced soon.

Texas' ban prohibits abortion once any cardiac activity is detected in the fetus. This development often occurs six weeks into the pregnancy and often before most women know that they're pregnant. No exceptions for rape or incest were provided in the law.

However, SCOTUS' cases center around a facet of the law that allows private citizens to sue clinics and doctors who perform abortions. They will determine who will challenge the law and whether a federal court can block it from being enforced.

This law has been controversial in Texas and other states across the country. Beto O'Rourke, who is running for governor in the state, recently spoke to Newsweek about it and why he considers it dangerous.

"This is the most extreme law in the United States of America pushed for and signed by Greg Abbott," he explained, "which not only has functionally banned abortion in Texas, but as you know places a $10,000 bounty on the head of any woman who seeks to make a personal, private health care decision that is none of the state's or the governor's business."

Decisions from Monday's rulings will be posted on the court's website.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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The Associated Press has speculated that SCOTUS could on Monday release a statement on Texas' ban on abortion after six weeks. Above, demonstrators rally against anti-abortion and voter suppression laws at the Texas State Capitol on October 2, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

The new ruling will be the first of SCOTUS' new term.

The court also is working on decisions in the nine cases the justices heard in October.

The Texas law has been in effect since Sept. 1.

With Thanksgiving approaching, Monday also is probably the last day the court could decide the Texas cases before the justices hear arguments December 1 over whether to reverse nearly 50 years of precedents and hold that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to an abortion. The case is about Mississippi's ban on abortion after 15 weeks.

Six weeks is long before the court's previous major abortion rulings allow states to prohibit abortion.

The justices have returned to the courtroom for arguments following a 19-month hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The longstanding tradition of recapping opinions from the bench has produced some notable moments of drama over the years, especially from justices who are reading from their impassioned dissents in major cases.

The building remains closed to the public, with only a handful of outsiders—lawyers who are arguing their case and reporters who regularly cover the court—allowed in the courtroom.

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The Supreme Court could rule as soon as Monday, Nov. 22, on Texas' ban on abortion after roughly six weeks. Above, the Supreme Court is seen at dusk in Washington, Oct. 22, 2021. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File