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The Justice Department requested this Monday to the Supreme Court temporarily block enforcement of Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
This request explains that the Supreme Court should annul the “unjustified” decision of a lower court, in order to allow the law to remain in force, allowing the “Texas continuing annulment of the precedents of this Court and the constitutional rights of its citizens.”
In an announcement last week, the Justice Department ask the higher court to effectively block the application of the law SB 8, amid legal disputes in Texas.
For his part, the judge Samuel Alito, which handles applications in Texas, ordered the southern state until this Thursday at noon to respond to the Justice Department, reported CNBC.
This controversial law was signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott, and went into effect on September 1, and that it had previous requests to the Supreme Court so that it could be blocked before it was implemented.
The law has also received criticism because in many cases, in the sixth week of gestation many women still do not know if they are pregnant, in addition to being based on citizens rather than officials.
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On a social level, the rejection generated demonstrations promoted by activists, who that Wednesday, September 1, gathered in different cities of Texas to condemn the new mandate under the motto “A rapist in your way”, with banners and songs that they sang in favor of abortion and the individual decision to carry out this practice.
“Those who defend the right to abortion are not alone, and the message we want to give the country is that there are constitutional rights that must be respected”, expressed a representative of the organization Progress Base in Texas to the EFE agency.
As a consequence, the Justice Department, led by the attorney general Merrick Garland, had filed a lawsuit in Texas at the end of September in which they argued that the SB 8 “Insults” the rule of law and violates the 1973 decision of the Supreme Court if Roe vs. Wade, which protects the right to abortion.
In early October, a federal judge granted the offer of the Justice Department to temporarily block the application of the law, claiming that the court will not sanction “Not one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right.”
However, the law was allowed to re-enter into force after the judge’s decision was appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.