A top House Democrat called on the Justice Department to “use the full force of the department” to combat the new Texas law banning abortions beyond six weeks.
In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and fellow panel Democrats said the Justice Department “is fully empowered to prosecute” anyone who blocks a woman from obtaining an abortion.
Democrats are seeking ways to respond to a 5-4 Supreme Court decision last week allowing the Texas law to go into effect.
Nadler, of New York, cited the dissenting opinion written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who stated that it “cannot be the case that a State can evade federal judicial scrutiny by outsourcing the enforcement of unconstitutional laws to its citizenry.”
Similarly, Nadler wrote to Garland, “The Department of Justice cannot permit private individuals seeking to deprive