US Justice Department sues Texas over abortion ban

The US Department of Justice sued the Texas government over a new law banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, accusing it of being “unconstitutional”.

“This move is clearly unconstitutional following the long-standing precedent of the Supreme Court,” US Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference on September 9, stressing that states must not ban any woman. make the decision to have an abortion”.

Secretary Garland added that Texas abortion laws also turn citizens into “bounty hunters” to receive at least $ 10,000 when suing individuals who facilitate women’s exercise of constitutional rights, including abortion.

“This regulation creates risks for abortion clinics, shuts out abortion providers, and prevents women in Texas from exercising their constitutional rights,” Garland asserts, adding that if The federal government and courts don’t block abortion laws in Texas, which other states could easily follow.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland during a session on Capitol Hill on May 12.  Photo: Reuters.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland during a session on Capitol Hill on May 12. Photo: Reuters.

Experts say the abortion law in Texas is one of the harshest in the United States, because it allows citizens to sue anyone who helps women have abortions and makes no exceptions. cases of rape or inbreeding.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton countered that the federal government should “focus on solving the border crisis, Afghanistan, economic problems and other issues rather than interfering with a state’s rights”. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, also believes his state will prevail over the court.

The US Department of Justice’s lawsuit against the Texas government was made after Democrats repeatedly urged Secretary Garland to use the “full power” of the Justice Department.

The US Supreme Court last week allowed the Texas abortion law to take effect, despite objections from Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. US President Joe Biden called the Supreme Court’s majority an attack on women’s constitutional rights.

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