High court divides 5-4 to leave Texas abortion law in place

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Supreme Court is allowing a Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in force. The court’s action for now strips most women of the right to an abortion in the nation’s second-largest state.

The court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers and others that sought to block enforcement of the law, which went into effect Wednesday.

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

Anti-abortion groups cheered the court’s action, while abortion providers vowed to "keep fighting."

President Joe Biden denounced the decision, saying Thursday he is directing federal agencies to do what they can to “insulate women and providers” from the impact.