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Justice Department to Sue Texas Over Anti-Abortion Law

Biden demandará y usará el poder del Gobierno Federal para tratar de bloquear la ley de Texas contra el aborto

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The U.S. Justice Department plans to sue Texas over its new law banning virtually all abortions in the state, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

The lawsuit could come as early as Thursday, although it is also possible it could be delayed, the newspaper said, citing sources familiar with the case.

Thus Biden has gone in less than a decade to change his position on abortion to please his progressive base, in 2015 the then vice president declared “I’m prepared to accept that the moment of conception is a human life and being”, to now radically change his opinion against the Catholic beliefs he claims to defend, not only issuing his opinion, but making use of the power of the Federal Government to twist the will of Texans.

The new Texas law, which went into effect a week ago, prohibits abortion at six weeks gestation, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

It also allows individuals to file civil lawsuits against anyone who helps a pregnant woman have an abortion if they believe they violate the ban, and offers damages of up to $10,000 to the plaintiff if they win their case.

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said he was urgently exploring all options to respond to the Texas law in order to “protect the constitutional rights of women and others, including abortion,” which was legalized by the Supreme Court in 1973.

In the meantime, he said the government plans to enforce a 1994 federal law that protects free access to clinics that provide abortions, and punishes those who intentionally cause property damage to facilities that provide reproductive services.

It is not clear what the Justice Department’s lawsuit might consist of, although it is expected to be based on the argument that the Texas law illegally interferes with federal government interests, according to the New York newspaper.

Experts said that if the Justice Department wants to boycott the law, it could try to restrict federal funds to Texas, or find out if there are federal government facilities in Texas where abortions can be performed, since they would escape state jurisdiction.

Last week, hours after the Texas law went into effect, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to block the legislation.