According to reports, the Department of Justice filed an emergency motion Tuesday evening to stop the state of Texas from enforcing their newly passed abortion law, known as SB8.
This comes a week after the state was sued because of the abortion law.
The motion states, in part, “This attempt to shield a plainly unconstitutional law from review cannot stand,” the motion reads. “The United States seeks a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction enjoining the enforcement of S.B. 8. 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.”
Speaking to the responsibility of the United States, the motion continued to say, “The United States has the authority and responsibility to ensure that Texas cannot insulate itself from judicial review for its constitutional violations and to protect the important federal interests that S.B. 8 impairs. Accordingly, this Court should enjoin enforcement of S.B. 8.”
As previously mentioned, the Department of Justice also sued the state of Texas. The suit requested that a judge declared the law to be invalid.
“The act is clearly unconstitutional under long-standing Supreme Court precedent,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a news conference announcing the suit, FOX 11 LA also reports.
As previously reported, President Biden slammed the Supreme Court for upholding the Texas abortion law.
Biden wrote in a statement, “The Supreme Court’s ruling overnight is an unprecedented assault on constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade. Complete strangers will now be empowered to inject themselves in the most private of health decisions. The law does not even allow exceptions in cases of rape or incest. The dissents by Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan all demonstrate the error of the Court’s action here powerfully.
I am launching a whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision — looking specifically to HHS and DOJ to see what steps the federal government can take to insulate those in Texas from this law and ensure access to safe and legal abortions as protected by Roe.”
Roomies, how do you feel about this?