This anti-choice law is a devastating blow to Americans' constitutional rights — and the Court allowed it to see the light of day without public deliberation or transparency. — Sen. Dick Durbin
This anti-choice law is a devastating blow to Americans' constitutional rights — and the Court allowed it to see the light of day without public deliberation or transparency. — Sen. Dick Durbin

At a time when public confidence in government institutions has greatly eroded, we must examine not just the constitutional impact of allowing the Texas law to take effect, but also the conservative Court's abuse of the shadow docket. — Sen. Dick Durbin
At a time when public confidence in government institutions has greatly eroded, we must examine not just the constitutional impact of allowing the Texas law to take effect, but also the conservative Court's abuse of the shadow docket. — Sen. Dick Durbin

Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on Supreme Court's abortion ruling and 'shadow docket'
"The Supreme Court must operate with the highest regard for judicial integrity in order to earn the public's trust," Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said in a statement. "This anti-choice law is a devastating blow to Americans' constitutional rights — and the Court allowed it to see the light of day without public deliberation or transparency."

The hearing will examine the Supreme Court's use of the so-called "shadow docket," the nickname for emergency actions taken by the court that do not go through the full briefing and hearing process of a formal opinion.

By a 5-4 vote, the court just before midnight Wednesday issued an order that declined a request by abortion clinics that the justices block the Texas law, which was designed specifically with the aim of complicating the legal process by which federal courts weigh blocking laws before they go into effect.

... "At a time when public confidence in government institutions has greatly eroded, we must examine not just the constitutional impact of allowing the Texas law to take effect, but also the conservative Court's abuse of the shadow docket," Durbin said in the hearing announcement, which also referenced a sharp dissent Justice Elena Kagan issued that criticized how the conservative majority has been using the shadow docket.


In addition to Senate Democrats' plans to scrutinize the court's action in the Texas case, President Joe Biden said Thursday that his administration was mounting a "whole of government" response "to see what steps the Federal Government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions." Attorney General Merrick Garland also said the Justice Department was "evaluating all options to protect the constitutional rights of women, including access to an abortion."
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