Monday, October 3, 2022

Biden is “not sure” that the federal government can respond to Texas abortion law

President Joe Biden admitted on Friday that the federal government may not be able to do anything about the new Texas abortion law.

In Texas, a law that went into effect on September 1 prohibits abortion after the heartbeat of a fetus is detected, and requires doctors performing abortion to try to detect the heartbeat before attempting surgery.

Biden said on Thursday that he is instructing White House lawyers to analyze existing laws to see if federal agencies can somehow guarantee a higher level of abortion opportunities than the new measures allow.

When asked on Friday what his government can do, he said he was not sure.

“I was told — I must tell you, I am not sure — I was told that under current laws, it is possible for the Department of Justice to see if there is anything that can be done to restrict independent actions by individuals from enforcing state laws,” he was in the White House. Said that this is the first time to answer a question in a few days.

“I don’t know enough to give you an answer. I have asked for this to be checked,” he added.

Texas law allows ordinary citizens to sue doctors suspected of performing illegal abortions or individuals who assist and abet illegal abortions.

It also prohibits state officials from implementing the measure, and this unusual arrangement helped the law withstand preliminary review by the Supreme Court.

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Examination room at Planned Parenthood South Austin Health Center in Austin, Texas, June 27, 2016. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/Reuters)

Biden and other high-profile Democrats have criticized the law in recent days, describing it as an attack on the right to abortion under the Constitution. Rowe v. Wade.

Biden said in a written statement this week: “Not only does this enable complete strangers to inject themselves into the most intimate decisions women make — it actually motivates them to do so if they win their The case, there will be a prospect of $10,000.”

On Friday, the president changed his position on a related issue, saying that he respects those who believe that life starts from the moment of conception, but he disagrees and will not “impose it on people.”

In his speech as Vice President in 2015, Biden said: “I am prepared to accept that there is human life and existence at the moment of conception, but I am not prepared to say that there is a different view of other people who fear and do not fear God. “

Biden is a Catholic and was denied the sacrament because he violated the faith in the doctrine of abortion.

At the same time, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Thursday that the laws that determine the time, method, and location of abortion should be determined by the states, not the Supreme Court.

Rowe v. Wade Out of nothing,” Paxton said when he appeared on Newsmax. “There is no precedent. There is no law. They claim that this is constitutional and correct, but they basically created rights that never existed before, and they overturned all our state laws, including Texas. The reality is that it should be under the jurisdiction of the local government and the local state should make these decisions. “

Republicans also accused Biden of “strongly supporting abortion” and hoped that “no restrictions.”

“He doesn’t want the states to exercise any control over it,” Paxton said. “The reality is that this shouldn’t be the case.”

Zachary Steiber

Zachary Stieber reports on US news, including political and court cases. He started working as a reporter for the New York City subway in The Epoch Times.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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