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AG: Justice Dept Looking At ‘All Options To Challenge’ TX Abortion Law

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Abortion rights supporters gather to protest Texas SB 8 in front of Edinburg City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Edinburg, Texas. The nation's most far-reaching curb on abortions since they were legalized a half-century ago took effect Wednesday in Texas, with the Supreme Court silent on an emergency appeal to put the law on hold.(Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP)

The Justice Department is “urgently” looking at “all options to challenge” the new abortion law in Texas.  That’s according to Attorney General Merrick Garland.  He went on to talk about a 1994 law that doesn’t allow people to use force or the threat of force to intimidate somebody receiving or providing reproductive healthcare.  It’s called the FACE Act and Garland promised his department will pursue criminal and civil violations committed under the law.  Garland also noted the measure outlaws violence which targets places like abortion clinics.  He explained centers that are under attack will get help from federal authorities.

Garland’s statement is the latest effort from the Biden Administration to push back against the law.  The President himself last week said part of the law seems “almost un-American,” noting that it appears to create a “vigilante system” offering rewards for reporting possible abortions.  Biden also insisted it’s a “blatant” violation of the landmark Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade.  That decision from almost 50 years ago said a woman had a right to get an abortion.

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