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Justice Department sues Texas over abortion ban bill

This news story was published on September 10, 2021.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced that the Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to prevent the State of Texas from enforcing Senate Bill 8 (SB8), which went into effect on Sept. 1 and effectively bans most abortions in the state. The complaint seeks a declaratory judgment that SB8 is invalid under the Supremacy Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment, is preempted by federal law, and violates the doctrine of intergovernmental immunity. The United States also seeks an order, preliminarily and permanently, enjoining the State of Texas, including its officers, employees and agents, including private parties who would bring suit under the law, from implementing or enforcing SB8.

“The Act is clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent,” said Attorney General 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.”

According to the complaint, 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.

The prohibitions in SB8 apply to anyone who performs or induces a prohibited abortion, anyone who “knowingly” “aids or abets” the performance or inducement of a prohibited abortion, and even anyone who “intends” to perform or aid a prohibited abortion. Additionally, instead of relying on the state’s executive branch to enforce the law, as is the norm in Texas and elsewhere, the state has deputized ordinary citizens to serve as bounty hunters, statutorily authorized to recover at least $10,000 per claim from individuals who facilitate a woman’s exercise of her own constitutional rights. The complaint challenges that this unprecedented scheme is designed to evade judicial review.

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10 Responses to Justice Department sues Texas over abortion ban bill

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 12, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Shhhhhh… besides food stamps this is the only other way they get the 13% vote as well as control that population that religiously voted for the Marxist democrats

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 11, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Keep up the good work AG M.B.G.

    These idiots forget before the Roe v Wade people were using coat hangers, etc. to try to abort. a lot of these people Died because they would go through back door channels to get an abortion. This is what will happen with this law if not challenged.

    I am not for using abortion as a birth control, but in some situations of RAPE and INCEST I am all for it and it should be done by professionals.

    I also believe because a man can never get pregnant. They have no right to vote for or on a women’s body.

    Most men run and hide and say it ain’t my kid.

    Kinda funny how Republicans say they are pro life, but they certainly love the Death Penalty.

    BTW. If you don’t like social media sites monitoring your lies you don’t have to use their sites. Just get off there sites and go else where where no one gives a crap.

    • blue balls Reply Report comment

      September 13, 2021 at 6:58 pm

      like here

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 13, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      If abortion was being used just for life saving medical, cases of rape, and incest, I am quite sure there wouldn’t be a lot of opposition to it. The problem is, because of typical politicians, it becomes an all or nothing proposition.

      If you leave the door open a crack, then the politicians start in with the, “But if you allow that , then surely this is allowed, it’s common sense.”, or , “Well this should be allowed because ….”, now you have a constant fight like we do now.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 11, 2021 at 9:40 am

    This is what the civil war was fought for – states rights over federal control.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 11, 2021 at 9:39 am

    As usual they will lose. States have rights. It is in the Constitution. The Feds are always trying to get around the constitution.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 10, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Once the heart starts to beat in a being shrouded in darkness life has begun. Upon entering the world they become a being of light. A blessing to the world. So, whatever is swimming around in these peoples heads is unholy when they destroy these beings of light. Doomed they shall be.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 11, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      That is according to your crappy religion. My crappy religion says life does not begin until the baby’s head breaks the plane of the bergina. Who’s crappy religion is right?