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The United States Department of Justice on Monday threatened to enforce a federal law from 1994 that protects free access to abortion clinics, In response to a new Texas rule that practically prohibits this type of interference in that state.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement that the department he leads is “immediately exploring all options” to respond to the Texas law so that “protect the constitutional rights of women and others, including abortion“.
In the meantime, the federal government will advocate for people who want to “receive or provide” reproductive health services by enforcing the Freedom of Access to Clinics (FACE) Act, Garland said.
A law banning abortion at six weeks’ gestation went into effect in Texas last Wednesday, When the fetal heartbeat can be detected, although in many cases many women do not even know they are pregnant. There are no exceptions in cases of incest or rape.
In addition, it allows individuals to file a civil suit against anyone who helps a pregnant woman to obtain an abortion if they believe they are violating the ban, and to pay the plaintiff $10,000 if they win the lawsuit. provides damages up to
Garland indicated that the Justice Department would provide assistance in enforcing the federal law. When a clinic is attacked, and in this sense he insisted that he contacted the Attorney General’s offices and the FBI in Texas and other parts of the country to see how to do this.
“We will not tolerate violence against people who seek to receive or provide reproductive health services, nor will we tolerate physical barriers or damage to property that violates FACE law,” the justice minister warned.
That federal rule, signed in 1994 by then-President Bill Clinton (1993–2001), deals with the use of force or the use of force to harm material as well as to interfere with or intimidate people seeking an abortion in a clinic. Prohibits threats. Provide fertility services.
On Thursday, President Joe Biden ordered his government to mobilize all resources available to protect abortion rights in Texas. After the enactment of a state law promoted by Republicans.
Biden called on the Council on Gender Policy and the White House Attorney’s Office for “a comprehensive government effort,” including the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services specifically “to ensure that women in Texas are safe and Have a legal abortion.”
Hours after the Texas law went into effect on Wednesday, the country’s Supreme Court with a reinforced Conservative majority decided not to block the law.
With information from Efe.
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