The Department of Justice filed an emergency motion Tuesday evening seeking a temporary restraining order to block a Texas abortion law that went into effect earlier this month.
The move comes just days after the DOJ launched a lawsuit against Texas over the law that prohibits abortions after medical professionals can detect a heartbeat.
The law is unique in that it leaves enforcement up to private citizens through litigation.
“Texas devised an unprecedented scheme that seeks to deny women and providers the ability to challenge [the law] in federal court,” the department wrote.
“This attempt to shield a plainly unconstitutional law from review cannot stand.”
DOJ’s emergency motion to block the TX Heartbeat law is surprisingly weak. Without giving proper notice, they ask to enjoin *every* Texan, subjecting them to contempt of court merely for filing suit. Abortion is not in the constitution, but Due Process is.https://t.co/kxypI2ZZi2
— Roger Severino (@RogerSeverino_) September 15, 2021
Biden’s Justice Department Has Vowed To Fight Pro-Life Law
Attorney General Merrick Garland last week vowed to use the Justice Department in the Biden administration’s effort to combat the pro-life Texas abortion law.
Garland announced his agency would use the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act “in order to protect the constitutional rights of women and other persons, including access to an abortion.”
The DOJ almost immediately filed the lawsuit.
“It’s clearly unconstitutional,” Garland said.
Biden’s DOJ is suing Texas for the “right to choose” on abortion while Biden is mandating vaccines for almost 100,000,000 Americans.
They don’t care about the hypocrisy one bit.
They truly hate the American people.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) September 10, 2021
The Texas abortion law took effect on September 1st after a 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s press secretary Renae Eze defended her state against the Justice Department efforts to circumvent the court’s decision.
“The most precious freedom is life itself,” she said. “Texas passed a law that ensures that the life of every child with a heartbeat will be spared from the ravages of abortion.”
It is up to COURTS – not the executive branch – to determine whether the Texas law impairs constitutional rights.
No court has found rights are violated.
The DOJ is out of control.
This is totalitarian stuff.
If they don’t like a law they will use DOJ raw power to crush it. https://t.co/4AAtLYwfxz
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 6, 2021
AOC Blasts Texas Abortion Law
Eze went on to express confidence in Texas’ legal footing regarding the new abortion law.
“We are confident that the courts will uphold and protect that right to life,” she said.
Garland has characterized any lawsuits filed by private citizens to protect the unborn as “violence” and vowed to “provide support from federal law enforcement when an abortion clinic or reproductive health center is under attack.”
Not murdering babies with heartbeats is now violence. LOL ok
— AlexPKeaton (@jenndownsfamily) September 6, 2021
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said the Texas abortion law is an attack on “menstruating people.”
The law, she claims, “is about making sure that someone like me as a woman or any menstruating person in this country cannot make decisions over their own body.”
Rep. @AOC: Texas’ pro-life law perpetuates “rape culture”
“What this is about is controlling women’s bodies, & controlling people who are not cisgender men. This is about making sure that someone like me .. or any menstruating person … cannot make decisions over their own body” pic.twitter.com/ttLc7Ow4PX
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 8, 2021
President Biden has described the Texas abortion law, designed to save the lives of the yet unborn, as “unAmerican.”
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