DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Texas for Anti-Abortion Law

In Summary

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a civil enforcement action against Texas for its law banning most abortions.

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the state of Texas over its new anti-abortion bill.  

RELATED: Supreme Court Upholds Texas Abortion Law in 5-4 Ruling  

The law bans abortions after six weeks, which is before some women even know they’re pregnant. It is now the most restrictive abortion law in the country and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone who “aids and abets it.” While patients cannot be sued, workers, including clinic staff and even rideshare drivers, can be sued for$10,000.   

Attorney General Merrick Garland said that the law “bans nearly all abortions in the state after six weeks of pregnancy before many women even know they are pregnant and months before a pregnancy is viable. It does so, even in cases of rape, sexual abuse, or incest and it further prohibits any effort to aid the doctors who provide pre-viability abortions, or the women who seek them.”  

RELATED: Temporary Restraining Order Granted Against Texas Anti-Abortion Group 

The lawsuit comes a week after the Supreme Court refused to block the law in a 5-4 ruling.  According to The Hill, the decision worried reproductive rights activists, with some saying it successfully overturned Roe v. Wade in the state, which gives women the constitutionally protected right to get an abortion.  

Garland said the department is seeking a “permanent and preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of the statute.” He also noted that the law was invalid under the Supremacy Clause and the 14th Amendment.  

“The Department of Justice has a duty to defend the Constitution of the United States and to uphold the rule of law,” he said. “Today, we will fulfill that duty by filing the lawsuit I have just described.”  

RELATED: Lyft, Uber to Cover Legal Fees of Drivers Sued Under Texas Anti-Abortion Law 

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