Saturday, September 25, 2021

DOJ sues Texas over new anti-abortion law

The US Department of Justice filed suit on September 9 against the state of Texas over its recently enacted law that bans most abortions.

Public prosecutors in the 27-page lawsuit, obtained by The Epoch Times, say the law contradicts previous Supreme Court decisions, including Roe v. Wade, who found that access to abortion is a constitutional right.

The law in question, Senate Bill 8, prohibits abortion where the fetal heartbeat can be detected, unless a medical emergency exists that threatens the life of the expectant mother.

If doctors perform illegal abortions, private citizens can sue them, as well as anyone accused of aiding and abetting.

Meanwhile, state officials are not allowed to enforce the law.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the suit during a news conference in Washington, saying, “This act is clearly unconstitutional under the old Supreme Court precedent.” “Those precedents are, in the words of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, ‘Whether or not exceptions are made for special circumstances, no state can prevent any woman from making the final decision to terminate her pregnancy prior to viability. “

Another concern is that the law conflicts with federal laws related to providing abortion services, exposing federal employees to lawsuits, Garland said. He cited the work done by the Department of Labor with its Job Corps program and the Department of Defense’s TRICARE health program as examples.

In a statement emailed to The Epoch Times, Rene Eise, press secretary to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, said, “The most precious freedom is life itself.

“Texas passed a law that ensures that the life of every child with heartworm will be saved from the ravages of abortion. Unfortunately, President Biden and his administration instead protect innocent unborn people during their disastrous Afghanistan evacuation and More interested in changing the national narrative than reckless open border policies. We are confident that the courts will uphold and protect that right to life.”

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An exam room is seen at Planned Parenthood South Austin Health Center on June 27, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/Reuters)

Abortion providers tried to block the law before it took effect on September 1, but the courts ruled against them. The Supreme Court, after the law took effect, ruled against the order of the preliminary injunction, although the justices said they were not ruling on whether the law was constitutional.

Hours later, President Joe Biden said he would direct federal agencies, including the Justice Department, to analyze the law to see what the federal government could do “to ensure that women in Texas are safe and legal. There is access to abortion, as protected by Roe, and what legal tools do we have to protect women and providers from the effects of Texas’ bizarre scheme of enforcement outsourced to private parties.”

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Some activists say the federal government’s response was an exaggeration and question why the Biden administration is not complying with the Supreme Court ruling.

Rebecca Parma, senior legislative associate at Texas Right to Life, said, “The court system is the proper channel to move through this, and that’s where the challenge to the law is headed and they’re trying to get around it.” Huh.” The pro-life group told The Epoch Times.

But Democrats applauded the suit, including Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), saying they commended Biden and the Justice Department “for fighting against the harsh Texas abortion ban and protecting federal civil rights laws everywhere in America.” to work.”

Zachary Stebero

Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

DOJ sues Texas over new anti-abortion law
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