DOJ Planning to Target Texas Abortion Law

DOJ Planning to Target Texas Abortion Law

( – In May, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed the most restrictive abortion law in America since Roe v. Wade. The restriction would prevent medical professionals from performing abortions on pregnancies that are past six weeks, when pro-life advocates say a heartbeat is detectable. On Wednesday, August 18, the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Texas could execute the law beginning September 1. On August 31, the US Supreme Court upheld that ruling in a 5-4 decision.

Predictably, Democrats were distraught. President Biden slammed the decision and asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services to look into the federal government’s options. According to multiple sources, the DOJ is preparing to sue Texas after Attorney General Merrick Garland acknowledged it was “urgently” exploring all options to stop Texas’s abortion law.

Legal analysts suggest the law may be difficult to overturn. The Texas legislature wrote it in a way that may inoculate it from legal scrutiny. The only enforcement mechanism is a private civil lawsuit in state court, and it can target anyone, excluding the patient, involved in an abortion. According to the controversial law, the state has no role whatsoever, and abortion isn’t a criminal activity. However, it could be costly to anyone who aids a woman in any capacity who seeks an abortion after six weeks.

In the fall, the US Supreme Court will hear a similar Mississippi law. The state is attempting to ban abortion in pregnancies past 15 weeks.

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