As the Biden administration files a lawsuit against Texas over its law banning abortions after six weeks gestation, pro-life groups are slamming the president for acting as a “puppet of the radical abortion agenda.”
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. Accusing the state of acting in “defiance of the Constitution,” the lawsuit claims, “It is settled constitutional law that a State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.’”
“Yet Texas has done just that,” it continued. “The United States therefore seeks a declaratory judgment that S.B. 8 is invalid under the Supremacy Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment, is preempted by federal law, and violates the doctrine of intergovernmental immunity.”
The Wall Street Journal first reported Wednesday that “the Biden administration is preparing to sue Texas over its new law banning most abortions.” Texas’ SB 8, also known as the Texas Heartbeat Act, became law on Sept. 1 after several courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, declined to block the measure from going into effect.
The law bans abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks gestation. Additionally, it allows private citizens to sue doctors who perform illegal abortions and individuals who help women obtain illegal abortions.
Pro-life groups reacted unfavorably to the news that the Biden administration was planning to take legal action against Texas over SB 8. In a statement, Texas Right to Life Vice President Elizabeth Graham predicted that any lawsuit filed by the Biden administration would fail.
“Joe Biden has a long record of failures with protecting the unborn and pregnant women,” she asserted. He is a puppet of the radical abortion agenda, and his DOJ will quickly find that they do not have jurisdiction to stop the Texas Heartbeat Act.”
Earlier this week, Attorney General Merrick Garland indicated that the U.S. Department of Justice was exploring “all options” to challenge the law, vowing to “continue to protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services pursuant to our criminal and civil enforcement of the FACE Act.”
Garland added, “The FACE Act prohibits the use or threat of force and physical obstruction that injures, intimidates, or interferes with a person seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services.”