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Justice Department asks court to block Texas abortion law while case is appealed

Abortion Texas Pushback
Posted at 4:51 PM, Oct 12, 2021

The Biden administration is once again asking the courts to block a new Texas law that bans most abortions.

The Justice Department submitted its brief to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals Monday.

It argues that Senate Bill 8 violates the constitution and is an "assault on the rights of its citizens."

The law bans abortions after cardiac activity can be detected, which is about six weeks into a pregnancy. Abortion rights activists have said that many women don't know they are pregnant that early.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave Texas until Thursday to respond to the Justice Department’s latest arguments, according to The Associated Press.

However, the law remains in place for now. Last week, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of a lower court's ruling, which blocked the law.