Washington (epd). US Attorney General Merrick Garland filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas on Thursday (local time) over its restrictive abortion law. The law in force in Texas since September 1 is “clearly unconstitutional,” said Garland. It prohibits abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy. Persons who perform, support or facilitate an abortion are liable. Pregnant women are not legally affected.
Texas is ruled by Republican politicians. The law is the most radical abortion law in the United States. It does not make any exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape.
According to a 1973 landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court, the government cannot restrict the right to abortion until the fetus is independently viable. President Joe Biden has condemned Texas law as “un-American”. Minister Garland said the Justice Department has a duty to defend the rule of law and the Constitution, Garland said. The lawsuit against the law was filed in the federal district court in Austin, capital of Texas.
Abortion is one of the most contentious political issues in the United States. Biden’s Democratic Party advocates legalization. Republicans are in favor of a ban.