Monday, January 25, 2021

Supreme Court Dismisses and Vacates Judgment Below In Temporary Texas Abortion Ban Controversy

The U.S. Supreme Court today granted certiorari in Planned Parenthood v. Abbott, (Docket No. 20-305, Jan. 25, 2021) (Order List), summarily vacated the judgment below and remanded the case to the 5th Circuit with instructions to dismiss the case as moot. The case began as a challenge to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's order temporarily barring most elective abortions during the COVID-19 crisis. Subsequently the Governor permitted abortion services to resume. At issue in the case now was whether the Supreme Court would vacate the Court of Appeals judgments below so that they would no longer serve as precedent in other cases. (See petition for certiorari.) The SCOTUSblog case page has links to all the pleadings in the case.