Washington – The United States Department of Justice sued Texas over a new state law that bans most abortions, arguing that it was enacted “in open defiance of the Constitution.”
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Texas today, Thursday, asks a federal judge to declare the law invalid “to restrict its application and protect rights violated by Texas.”
“According to the long and proven precedent of the Supreme Court the Act is clearly unconstitutional”Attorney General said Merrick Mala At a press conference announcing the lawsuit.
Additionally, the Justice Department is concerned that other states may enact similar laws that it says would “deprive their citizens of their constitutional rights.”
Texas law, known as SB8, prohibits abortions when medical professionals can detect heart activity, usually around six weeks, before some women know they are pregnant. Courts have barred other states from imposing similar sanctions, but Texas law differs significantly because it enforces private citizens through civil lawsuits rather than criminal prosecutors.
Recently, pressure on the federal Justice Department was not only increased by the White House –President Joe Biden has said that the law is “almost anti-American”.— but also from Democrats in Congress, who wanted an attorney general Merrick Mala Take action.
Earlier this week, Garland promised that the Justice Department would take steps to implement a federal law known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrance Act.
The law, commonly known as the FACE Act, typically prohibits physically obstructing access to abortion clinics by blocking entrances or threatening to use force to intimidate or interfere. prohibits. It also prohibits damage to property in abortion clinics and other reproductive health centers.
The new Texas law is the largest ban on abortion in the United States since the Supreme Court in the historic Roe v. Wade of 1973 stated that women have a constitutional right to terminate their pregnancies.
Abortion providers have said they will comply, but some of the nearly two dozen abortion clinics in Texas have temporarily stopped offering services altogether. Meanwhile, clinics in neighboring states have seen a surge in patients from Texas.