Earlier, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the filing of a lawsuit to repeal the law.
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a petition with the court to impose a temporary ban on implementing the abortion law recently adopted in Texas. This was reported on Wednesday by CNN.
“The United States is requesting to issue a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction against the operation of the abortion law. Such a measure is necessary to protect the constitutional rights of women in Texas and to protect the sovereign interests of the United States, which consist in observing the provisions of the state structure,” the court documents filed by the Justice Department say.
According to the ABC TV channel, at the moment, it is unclear when the judge will decide on this request. On September 10, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice had filed a lawsuit to repeal the previously adopted abortion law in Texas, which is considered one of the strictest in the country.
This law came into force in Texas in early September. In most cases, it prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, when the fetal heartbeat usually begins to be listened to. This also applies to those situations where conception occurs as a result of rape or incest. In addition, the law allows everyone to sue those who violate these rules. It is assumed that the plaintiffs will be paid at least 10 thousand dollars in case of their success in court.
The repeal or suspension of the law was previously sought by American organizations that advocate for the right to abortion. Human rights activists insisted that the entry into force of this law in Texas would lead to similar rules being introduced in many other states where Republicans are in power. The plaintiffs emphasized that the norms in question actually mean an almost complete ban on abortions. Garland also stated this.
On September 2, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to suspend the operation of this law. Four judges of the Supreme Court spoke in favor of this, five against it. The latter noted that the plaintiffs could not justify their position from a procedural point of view. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet made conclusions regarding the constitutionality of the law. The decision also does not prevent further attempts to challenge any of the law provisions in the state courts.