U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to announce a lawsuit against Texas on Thursday over the state’s restrictive abortion law, according to NBC News.
The trial will come after the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 clash with conservative justices, refused earlier this month to prevent the controversial abortion law from coming into force.
The law, which was enacted in May by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around week six of pregnancy. At this point, many women still do not know that they have become pregnant.
The law, SB 8, includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Abbott defended the law this week, saying its goal is to “end rape so that no woman, no man is raped.”
Rather than accusing public officials or law enforcement officials of enforcing the ban, the law allows private citizens to bring civil lawsuits against abortion providers or anyone who “assists or encourages” abortion. abortion after the six week limit. . These lawsuits could earn at least $ 10,000 in “legal damages” per abortion.
Critics say these rules effectively establish a reward system for circumventing abortion rights enshrined in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade.
But the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, rejected an emergency request by abortion rights advocates for a temporary injunction to prevent the abortion law from coming into force on September 30.
The majority, which included the three judges appointed by former President Donald Trump, wrote in a one-paragraph ruling that the petitioners “did not bear their burden” on the complex procedural issues raised in the case.
But he noted that “this ordinance is not based on any conclusion regarding the constitutionality of Texas law.”
Judge Sonia Sotomayor wrote in dissent that Texas has effectively “deputed the citizens of the state as bounty hunters, offering them cash rewards for suing their neighbors’ medical procedures in civil matters.”
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