Supreme Court refuses to block Texas abortion law as legal fights move forward

Updated December 10, 2021 at 6:39 PM ET

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused for a second time to block a Texas law that has virtually brought abortions to a halt for anyone more than six weeks pregnant, a time so early that many women don’t know they are pregnant. Separately, the court dismissed as improvidently granted the Justice Department’s challenge to the law, meaning the court should not have accepted the case in the first place.

In a fractured opinion, four of the court’s conservatives–Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, plus Justice Samuel