The Justice Department has sued Texas over their newly implemented law banning abortions at six weeks, saying it is “in open defiance of the Constitution.”
The department filed the suit in federal court on Thursday, asking a judge to proclaim the law invalid.
The filing comes one week after President Biden directed the Justice Department to find ways to block its enforcement.
Previous attempts to block the law failed on Sept. 1 when the Supreme Court voted to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers— though the justices stressed that the order was not a judgement on the law’s constitutionality and emphasized that challenges to the measure could still go forward in lower courts.
Texas’s law, also known as SB8, outlaws abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, around six weeks, and