WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is asking a Texas federal court to issue a temporary restraining order or injunction against a new state law banning most abortions in Texas.
A Tuesday evening urgency motion states that a court might issue such an order in order to stop harm to the parties involved before fully ruling on the case’s claims.
According to the Associated Press, the case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman.
The Justice Department requested that the court invalidate the law last week.
SB8 is a law that prohibits abortion if medical professionals detect heart activity. This is typically six weeks before most women find out they are pregnant. Pregnancies that result from rape and incest are not exempted by the law.
In addition, the law encourages individuals to sue anyone who may have assisted in an illegal abortion — be it a doctor, an employee of a clinic who performs abortions, or a carpool worker who took a woman to the clinic. You drove. The defendant may be entitled to $10,000 if they win a successful lawsuit.
The law went into effect on September 1. Later that day, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision — with Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s three Liberal judges in dissent — that the law could go into effect while the appeals courts overturned legality.
President Joe Biden denounced the Supreme Court decision and promised a “whole government response” to fight the law.