President Biden launches fight against Texas abortion ban

President Biden launches fight against Texas abortion ban
Joe Biden called the Supreme Court's refusal to block the law an "unprecedented assault on constitutional rights". Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: US President Joe Biden has launched a legal fight against a new law in the state of Texas that bans most abortions. Mr Bidens describes his action as a “whole-of-government response” to oppose the law.

The US president called the Supreme Court’s decision not to block the law an “unprecedented assault” on women’s rights.

In Texas, any individual now has the right to sue anyone involved with facilitating or providing an abortion past 6 weeks of pregnancy.

This is before many women know they became pregnant.

Several rights groups had asked the Supreme Court to block the law, but the court refused following a 5-4 vote.

The judges said their decision wasn’t based on any conclusion about whether the law in Texas was constitutional or not, and that the window remained open for legal challenges.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one of the liberal judges of the Supreme Court, said those justices who had allowed the law to stand had “opted to bury their heads in the sand” over a “flagrantly unconstitutional law”.

President Joe Biden accused the court of unleashing “unconstitutional chaos”.

Mr Biden said: “The highest court of our land will allow millions in Texas in need of critical reproductive care to suffer while courts sift through procedural complexities.”

He said he had asked the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services to see what steps the national government could take to “insulate women and providers”, but did not provide further details.

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