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The Department of Justice (DOJ) plans to ask the Supreme court to temporarily block the abortion law most restrictive law in the country, after a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Texas it can remain in effect, while an ongoing legal challenge is resolved.
The law, known as SB8, prohibits doctors from performing abortions once they detect so-called fetal heartbeats, which can be seen on an ultrasound at six weeks of pregnancy, but which may be occurring without women knowing they are pregnant and delegates law enforcement to private citizens instead of government officials.
The action of Justice Department It occurs after an appeals court this Thursday allowed the texas abortion law remain in force, in addition to specifying that it will be so, at least, until December, when a hearing of oral arguments is scheduled for the second week of the month, reported POLITICAL.
“The Department of Justice intends to ask the Supreme Court to annul the suspension of the 5th Circuit of the preliminary injunction against Bill 8 of the Texas Senate,” said the spokesman for the Department of Justice, Anthony Coley, it’s a statement.
The measure of Justice Department gives the judges of the Supreme court the opportunity to once again consider a law they refused to block last month, a decision that made Texas the first state to ban early pregnancy abortion since the landmark Roe v. Wade legalized the procedure in 1973.
The texas abortion law it was blbriefly blocked by a lower court earlier this month, but it was reinstated just 48 hours later by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The law does not include exemptions for victims of rape or incest, and has prompted patients as young as 12 to seek abortion clinics hours away in neighboring states.