Del Quentin Wilbur
Atty. General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that the Justice Department would challenge a Texas abortion law. This bans abortion within six weeks. It is well before most women realize they are pregnant.
This action comes after the Biden administration was under pressure from the Democratic Party for blocking the law, especially since the Supreme Court approved the law’s implementation last week.
Garland claimed that Texas’ law infringes the 14th Amendment as well as the Supreme Clause, which gives it precedence over state constitutions.
“The Department of Justice has a responsibility for the defense of the U.S. Constitution, and to uphold the law.” He said, “We defend this responsibility today.”
Abortion is prohibited if doctors can detect heart activity. Other states have attempted to pass similar bans but without success. This ban is different because it allows ordinary citizens to enforce the ban. This gives them the ability to sue medical practitioners and others who help with abortion. The plaintiff may receive damages up to US$10,000, while the defendant will cover their legal costs. It is also difficult to challenge the law in court. This frustrates providers and advocates for abortion rights.
Garland stated on Thursday that the United States had the power and responsibility of ensuring that no country could pass a law specifically designed to stop the protection of these rights or deprive individuals their constitutional rights.
President Biden said last week that the new law “nearly matches American standards”; he asked his Justice Department for a review to determine whether it is within its power to invalidate.
Biden stated, “I have been and will remain a staunch advocate of Roe V. Wade. Ranking first.” “The worst part about the Texas law it that it creates an unpaid police force.”
Abortion rights advocates stated that the Texas law violated Roe v. Wade’s decision, which overturned the Texas abortion ban in 1973 and stated that women have the right to terminate pregnancy.
People who opposed abortion praised the law for being a turning point in American politics.
March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said last week, “The country has the right to act in accordance with what science and ethics clearly tell us, that these children have their lives in front of them and are worthy of our protection.”
After Garland’s announcement on Thursday, Helen Krasnov, vice president of public policy and litigation for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said that the abortion rights advocacy group was “very happy to see the Biden government intervene” because of the involvement of the Biden government. The law, along with 50 years worth of precedents, make it virtually impossible to do abortions in Texas.