(FiveNation.com)- After the Supreme Court refused to intervene and block Texas’ “heartbeat” law, President Biden told reporters that he asked the Department of Justice if it could find ways to limit the law.
And on Labor Day, the DOJ released a statement announcing that it would be exploring options to challenge the Texas law.
In the statement, Attorney General Merrick Garland said that the Department of Justice would “protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services” by using a federal law known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act).
In his statement, Garland said that the DOJ would not “tolerate violence” against women who are trying to obtain abortions in Texas.
So limiting abortion to before a heartbeat is detected is “violence?”
Odd how Garland isn’t upset over the violence done to the unborn baby.
Garland said in his statement that federal prosecutors are “urgently exploring” all possible challenges to the Texas law. Meanwhile, the Justice Department would enforce the FACE Act “in order to protect the constitutional rights of women and other persons, including access to an abortion.”
The FACE Act prohibits physically obstructing or using threats of force to intimidate or interfere with a woman seeking entrance to an abortion facility. The law also prohibits damaging or vandalizing property at abortion clinics. It is unclear how precisely the Texas law could be in violation of the FACE Act. But any port in a storm.
Garland vowed that the DOJ would provide support from federal law enforcement “when an abortion clinic or reproductive health center is under attack.” Apparently passing a law limiting abortion equals “under attack” in Garland’s world.
The Texas law prohibits abortions after the baby’s heartbeat is detected – usually around six weeks. Previous states that imposed similar restrictions have been blocked by the Courts. The Texas’ law differs significantly because it leaves enforcement up to private citizens through lawsuits instead of criminal prosecutors.
Following the President’s orders, Justice Department officials have begun contacting US attorneys and FBI field offices in Texas to discuss enforcing federal provisions.