DOJ suing Texas over the abortion ban Bill
The Department of Justice believes that the passage of the Texas abortion law is unconstitutional and violates the Supremacy Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment. The corresponding application was filed by the DOJ against Senate Bill 8 (SB8).
“The Act is clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The United States has the authority and responsibility to ensure that no state can deprive individuals of their constitutional rights through a legislative scheme specifically designed to prevent the vindication of those rights.”
Texas enacted SB8 in open defiance of the Constitution by banning abortion at approximately six weeks in nearly all cases. The law violates individuals’ rights to have an abortion procedure prior to viability, which is usually around 24 weeks. Additionally, the law contains no exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape, sexual abuse, incest or for pregnancies involving a fetal defect incompatible with life after birth, according to the complaint.
In addition to the ban on abortion in Texas, the state authorities are hiring volunteers who will act as bounty hunters for women who do decide to have an abortion despite the bill that came into force on September 1. Each bounty hunter will receive $ 10,000 for a pregnant woman.
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