Justice Department asks judge to block Texas abortion law during legal challenge

The US Department of Justice asked a federal judge on Tuesday to issue a preliminary injunction against Texas’ law prohibiting most abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, following a suit from the DOJ against the law last week.

A preliminary injunction, if granted, would prevent the law from being enforced while the DOJ’s lawsuit plays out in court.

Such an injunction “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,” attorneys for the Justice Department said in its Sept. 14 court filing.

In a legal complaint filed in a federal district court Sept. 9, the Justice Department had argued the state acted “in open defiance of the Constitution” in restricting “most pre-viability abortions.”

 

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