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The US Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to prevent Texas from enforcing its new restrictive abortion law.

The department has requested a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction that will prevent the law from being enforced, according to a New York Times article.

Senate Bill 8 (SB8), promulgated by Republican Governor Greg Abbott, prohibits abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat, which usually occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy.

SB8 (Senate Bill 8) entered into force September 1

At this time, many women do not know they are pregnant.

There are no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape, sexual abuse, incest or for pregnancies involving a fetal abnormality incompatible with life after birth.

Additionally, rather than public officials or police enforcing the ban, the law allows private citizens to bring civil lawsuits against abortion providers or anyone who “aids or encourages” an abortion after six weeks.

This would leave family members, rape counselors and other medical professionals open to prosecution, and those who sued them would be awarded at least $ 10,000, along with attorneys’ fees. , if they won.

The law entered into force on September 1.

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Earlier this month, the Supreme Court refused to block the legislation, justices narrowly 5-4 vote to allow him, a move described by President Joe Biden as an “insult” to the rule of law.

September 9, The Justice Department sued Texas, claiming that it was enacted “in open disregard of the Constitution”.

The court record said the law was intended to make it “too risky for an abortion clinic to operate in the state, thereby preventing women across Texas from exercising their constitutional rights, while simultaneously thwarting the judicial review”.

“So far, the law has had the desired effect.

“To date, abortion providers have stopped providing services prohibited by SB8, leaving Texas women unacceptably and unconstitutionally deprived of abortion services.

“Yet despite this blatant deprivation of rights, SB8 remains in effect.”

The court record also commented on the legal empowerment of private citizens to prosecute those who “aid and abort” abortions.

He said the state had “deputy ordinary citizens to serve as bounty hunters who are legally entitled to recover at least $ 10,000 per claim from individuals who facilitate a woman’s exercise of her constitutional rights.”

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