President Joe Biden’s Justice Department is suing the state of Texas over its newest pro-life law, which prohibits killing babies in utero if they have a detectable heartbeat.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the lawsuit on Thursday and asked an Austin district court to block Texas “officers, employees and agents, including private parties who would bring suit under the law” from implementing it.
“The act is clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent,” Garland said on Thursday.
“Today, after careful assessment of the facts and the law, the Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas.” — Attorney General Merrick Garland on the state’s new abortion law pic.twitter.com/bpuXhq6gpV
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The lawsuit argues that the law, which allows private citizens to bring civil suits against anyone who helps a woman obtain an abortion, is in “open defiance” of the Constitution and “make[s] it too risky for an abortion clinic to operate