Justice Department Sues Texas Over New Abortion Ban


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Attorney General Merrick Garland at the Justice Department in August. The department is seeking a permanent injunction against the Texas law.

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What The Texas Abortion Ban Does — And What It Means For Other States

The Justice Department case may be designed to slow some of that momentum. The federal lawsuit follows heavy pressure from congressional Democrats, who have urged Garland to use the «full force» of the Justice Department.

«We urge you to take legal action up to and including the criminal prosecution of would-be vigilantes attempting to use the private right of action established by that blatantly unconstitutional law,» wrote House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, and 22 other Democrats.


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Supreme Court Upholds New Texas Abortion Law, For Now

Last week, the Supreme Court allowed the Texas law to go into effect over dissent from Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. President Biden called the court’s majority opinion «an unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade, which has been the law of the land for almost 50 years.»

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