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Biden administration prepares to sue Texas over abortion law

15:13, 09 September 2021
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The Biden administration is getting ready to sue Texas over its new abortion legislation which makes it illegal for women to have abortions in most cases, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Last week the Supreme Court has made the Texas Heartbeat Act (SB 8) abortion law take effect banning women to have an abortion if the pregnancy is longer than six weeks. 

Since then women’s rights organizations have pushed on Biden to take action against Texas’ new law. 

US Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke against the new legislation and said that federal law enforcement will come to help if abortion clinics start getting targeted appealing to the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

"We will continue to protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services," he said in a statement.

"We will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services, physical obstruction, or property damage in violation of the FACE Act," he added.

It is expected that the Justice Department will file a lawsuit against Texas somewhat in the near future.

Texas Governor Greg Abbot has faced heavy criticism for the new law especially considering that it forces rape victims to carry the pregnancy term. 

Abbot denounced these allegations and said that six weeks is just enough to make a decision whether to abort a child or keep him.

However, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized his statements and said that that is not the case. 

"I'm sorry we have to break down Biology 101 on national television, but in case no one has informed him before in his life, six weeks pregnant means two weeks late for your period. And two weeks late on your period ... can happen if you're stressed, if your diet changes or for really no reason at all. So you don't have six weeks," he said. 

Earlier, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki lashed out at a male reported who asked about the abortion law.