St. Louis, Missouri 2021-09-09 15:14:00 –
Austin, Texas (AP) —The Justice Department sued Texas on Thursday over a new state law banning most abortions, claiming it was enacted “openly ignoring the Constitution.”
A proceeding filed in a federal court in Texas requires a federal judge to declare the law invalid and “prohibit its enforcement and protect the rights infringed by Texas.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a press conference announcing the proceedings that “the law is clearly unconstitutional under long-standing Supreme Court case law.” The Justice Department is also concerned that other states could enact similar legislation that he said would “deprive citizens of constitutional rights.”
Texas law, known as SB8, prohibits abortion once medical professionals are able to detect heart activity. It’s usually about 6 weeks before you know you’re pregnant. Courts have prevented other states from imposing similar restrictions, but Texas law is very different because it entrusts enforcement to civilians through civil proceedings rather than criminal prosecutors.
Not only from the White House, President Joe Biden said the law was “almost non-American,” but also pressured the Justice Department from Congressional Democrats who wanted Garland to take action. Was hanging. Earlier this week, Garland vowed that the Department of Justice would enforce federal law known as freedom of access to clinic admissions.
The law, commonly known as the FACE Act, usually prohibits physically blocking access to abortion clinics. Property damage at abortion clinics and other reproductive medical centers is also prohibited.
Texas law is the country’s largest restraint on abortion since the Supreme Court confirmed in the 1973 groundbreaking Roe v. Wade case that women have a constitutional right to abortion.
Although abortion providers say they will obey, some of Texas’s approximately 20 abortion clinics have temporarily stopped offering abortion services altogether. Meanwhile, clinics in neighboring states are seeing a surge in patients from Texas.
Balsamo reported from New York City.
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