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Thousands of demonstrators take part in a march outside the Texas State Capitol in May after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a restrictive abortion law. Photo: Sergio Flores via Getty Images

The ACLU and other reproductive rights advocates Monday said they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a restrictive Texas abortion law that is set to take effect Wednesday.

Why it matters: The law bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, and before many people know they are pregnant. The law also offers at least $10,000 to citizens who successfully sue any person assisting pregnant people in violation of the ban. It is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S.

  • "Our creator endowed us with the right to life and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, said when he signed the law in May.
  • It also does not provide exceptions for incest or rape.

What they're saying: About 85% to 90% of people who access abortion services in Texas are at least six weeks into pregnancy, "meaning this law would prohibit nearly all abortions in the state," according to the ACLU.

  • It also "creates a bounty hunting scheme that encourages the general public to bring costly and harassing lawsuits against anyone who they believe has violated the ban," including people driving someone to get an abortion, health care workers and clergy members who offer counsel, the ACLU said in a statement.
  • "The law would present an insurmountable barrier for many patients, with particularly severe impact on the communities that already bear the brunt of Texas’s pre-existing web of medically unnecessary abortion restrictions: people of color, people with low incomes, and young people," per the Center for Reproductive Rights.
  • The filing comes after an appeals court declined to block the law on Sunday.

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Texas urges Supreme Court to leave abortion ban in place

Photo: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Texas on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to keep in place a law that bans abortions after an embryo's cardiac activity is detected, which can be as soon as six weeks and before many people know they are pregnant.

Driving the news: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking the high court to ignore the Justice Department's emergency request that they temporarily block the law while federal courts consider its constitutionality since it "lacks standing because it has not been injured by SB 8."

ACLU sues Texas school district for punishing boys with long hair

An instructor leads a classroom discussion at the Xavier Academy in Houston, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of seven students in a Texas school district over what they call a discriminatory policy requiring boys, but not girls, to wear short hair.

Driving the news: School officials in the Magnolia Independent School District have punished boys for having long hair, including one 9-year-old student who was forced to serve an in-school suspension for a month and be removed from campus, according to the lawsuit.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.