Lawsuit targets Texas abortion law deputizing citizens to enforce 6-week ban
AUSTIN, Texas — Abortion rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block a new Texas law empowering individuals to sue anyone assisting a woman with getting an abortion as early as her sixth week of pregnancy.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Reproductive Rights are among the plaintiffs in the case, calling the law “blatantly unconstitutional.”
The groups are asking a federal judge to toss out the law before it is scheduled to take effect on Sept. 1.
Gov. Greg Abbott signed the measure, one of nation’s strictest on limiting abortion, into law back in May after it was easily passed by the GOP controlled Texas Legislature. He said the law “ensures that the life of every unborn child who has a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion.”
More details to come… below are statements posted to Twitter from the groups announcing the lawsuit.
#BREAKING: We’re suing #Texas. Joined by Whole Woman’s Health (@wholewomans) and a broad coalition of abortion providers and others who assist patients in accessing abortion, we’ve filed a lawsuit to block the state’s radical new law banning abortion as early as six weeks. pic.twitter.com/zr5ocEG8xK
— Center for Reproductive Rights (@ReproRights) July 13, 2021
BREAKING: We’re suing Texas over its blatantly unconstitutional abortion ban.
Senate Bill 8 is extremely dangerous and unprecedented, and we are asking a court to block it before it takes effect on September 1.
— ACLU (@ACLU) July 13, 2021
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