The new Texas abortion law went has shined a light on the Supreme Court’s increasing reliance use of a so-called “shadow docket.”

The new law abortion in Texas blocks almost all pregnant women from accessing an abortion. It also allows private citizens to sue anyone allegedly involved in an abortion more than four weeks after conception.

Last week, the Supreme Court declined to intervene, and let the ban go into effect. The response by abortion advocates was swift and strong – not only opposing the Court’s opinion – but how it was decided.

Stephen Vladeck, professor of law at the University of Texas Law School, joined Diane me to talk about the details of the Texas law — and new questions being raised about lack of transparency at the nation’s highest court.


  • Stephen Vladeck Professor of law, University of Texas School of Law

Topics + Tags


comments powered by Disqus
Most Recent Shows

Tracking Local Reparations Efforts In The U.S.

Friday, Oct 01 2021Cities and states across the country are exploring reparations programs for Black Americans, but not all reparations advocates think it's the right approach. Diane talks to Mayor Daniel Biss of Evanston, Ill., and William Darity, Jr., and Kirsten Mullen, the co-authors of the book, "From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century”