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Biden Justice Department sues Texas for abortion law

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (Official White House photo)

The Biden administration’s Department of Justice announced Thursday it will sue the state of Texas for its new abortion law banning the deadly procedure after a heartbeat is detected.

“That act is clearly unconstitutional under long-standing Supreme Court precedent,” Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters at a news conference at the Justice Department.

Last week, the Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-4 vote, declined to stay the Texas law 24 hours after it went into effect Sept. 2. Pro-life activists view the decision as a pathway to the overturn of precedents set in the Planned Parenthood v. Casey case and the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

In the past week, clinics across Texas have stopped offering abortions after six weeks or have shut down.

Garland cited the Planned Parenthood v. Casey precedent that “regardless of whether exceptions are made for particular circumstances, a state may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.”

See Garland’s accouncement:

JUST IN: “After careful assessment of the facts and the law, the Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas,” Attorney General Garland says on restrictive Texas abortion law. https://t.co/V5bMModrrX pic.twitter.com/qOIjV65hvW

— ABC News (@ABC) September 9, 2021

President Biden has condemned the court’s decision,

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