DOJ will ask Texas to block
Signs supporting pro-choice are displayed outside of Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, October 4, 2021.
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Friday, the Department of Justice announced that it will petition the Supreme Court to block Texas’ restrictive abortion law from being enforced while legal issues continue.
After an emergency order by the High Court to stop the abortion, the law that bans all abortions within six weeks of pregnancy was made effective Sept. 1. Nearly a day later, in a 5-4 ruling issued late at nightWithout hearing any of the arguments, the court rejected the application for an interim injunction.
The DOJ then filed suit in Texas claiming that S.B. 8 “insults law” and is in violation of the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. This 1973 Supreme Court decision protects the right for an abortion prior to fetal viability (generally around 22 weeks).
An earlier federal judge had ruled in October. granted the DOJ’s bidtemporary block the enforcement of law by declaring that “this Court won’t sanction one more day” of an offensive deprivation such as this important right.
The law was restored to effect following appeal to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
Anthony Coley, spokesperson for Justice Department said that the Justice Department would ask the Supreme Court “to vacate the Fifth Circuit’s preliminary injunction against Texas Senate Bill 8” in a statement.
In late September, there was a separate group consisting of pro-life advocates and abortion providers. asked the Supreme Court to quickly review their challenge to the Texas lawThis was despite the fact that a lower court still had to issue a final decision.
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