Pro-choice activists protest during outside the US Supreme Court on March 4, 2020, as the Court heard oral arguments on a challenge to a Louisiana abortion law.
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A restrictive abortion law went into effect on September 1 in Texas.
Last week, the US Justice Department sued over the law, which bans abortions after six weeks.
On Tuesday, the DOJ asked a federal judge to temporarily stop that law from being enforced.
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The Department of Justice filed an emergency motion asking a federal judge for a temporary restraining order that would stop Texas from implementing a new restrictive abortion law, on Tuesday.
“This relief is necessary to protect the constitutional rights of women in Texas and the sovereign interest of the United States in ensuring that its States respect the terms of the national compact,” the DOJ said in its filing.
The DOJ said the law which bans abortions after six weeks has “gravely and irreparably impaired women’s ability to exercise their constitutional right to an abortion across the State.”
On Thursday, the US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the department had filed a lawsuit over the Texas law.
Garland called SB 8, or the Texas Heartbeat law, a “scheme.”
The law went into effect on September 1, and barred people from having abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is around the six-week mark when a person may not yet know they’re pregnant.
A Planned Parenthood news release said 85-90% of Texans who obtain abortions are at least six weeks into pregnancy.
The law also allows private citizens to bring civil cases against anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion.
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