Justice Dept asks judge to block Texas from enforcing controversial abortion law

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The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to issue an emergency order preventing Texas from enacting a law that bans nearly all abortions, saying the state’s move would “give women their constitutional rights.” prohibits the exercise of rights”.

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In the first such legal pushback by President Joe Biden’s administration, the department has sought a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction restricting the implementation of the controversial law, saying it would have far-reaching consequences for women’s reproductive rights.

In its summary, the department stated: “This relief is necessary to protect the constitutional rights of women in Texas and the sovereign interests of the United States.”


The law – Senate Bill 8 – prohibits abortion in women when a medical professional detects cardiac activity in a fetus, which usually occurs at around six weeks, an early stage where most women will not be able to tell if they are pregnant. are pregnant.

It has been seen by Republicans across the country as part of a broader policy move to block most medical terminations of pregnancy, and has sparked a wave of protests from people defending women’s right to choose.

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The law has also been strongly criticized by Mr Biden, who called it “almost un-American” and vowed help from the federal administration “to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortion”. Is.

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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