The Supreme Court had no reason to block Texas’s abortion law

Source: Washington Post
by Henry Olsen

“The Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 refusal to grant a preliminary injunction to prevent operation of Texas’s law banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected has unleashed a squall of public debate over abortion law. While that furor won’t calm for months or more, one thing is clear: The court’s majority was legally correct. Courts are not legislatures. They are frequently mistaken by many, including many lawyers, as bodies vested with plenary power to examine social problems and devise novel solutions. But a court can only act if there is an identifiable defendant whose acts could cause an identifiable plaintiff harm contrary to law. … the court has not prejudged the final constitutionality of Texas’s law itself. That matter should only be decided when it is properly presented.” (09/02/21)