Biden asks Supreme Court to block Texas anti-abortion law

United States President Joe Biden.  (EFE)

United States President Joe Biden. (EFE)

The Government of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, asked the Supreme Court on Monday to stop the application of a law in Texas that bans virtually all abortions in that state.

In its petition, the Biden Government considers that texas law goes against the legal precedent that established in 1973 the court itself in the “Roe v. Wade” case, which legalized abortion across the country.

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Texas Judge Robert Pitman has indicated that he has taken this step because the controversial law “illegally prevents women from exercising control over their lives.”

The law of Texas, the second most populous state in the country, prohibits abortion from the six weeks of gestation, when many women still do not know they are pregnant, and does not contain exceptions for cases of incest or rape.

In this regard, in the opinion of the Biden Executive, the legislation expressly challenges the precedent that set the case “Roe against Wade“, which legalizes abortion up to six months, when it is considered that the fetus could survive outside the womb. For this reason, the Government asked the Supreme Court to block this law in a preventive manner in the face of irreparable damages that may cause women and until the country’s courts adopt a final decision on its constitutionality.

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The Department of Justice considers that the new law supposes “an open threat to the rule of law”, thesis with which it aspires to challenge the reform in court

Specifically, it calls on the Supreme Court to reverse the ruling ten days ago by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most conservative in the country and which allowed the law to be reapplied after a lower court judge lock it for 48 hours. The Supreme Court of USA It is made up of nine judges, three progressive and six conservative, so Biden, of the Democratic Party, faces a complicated situation.

The supreme court itself allowed the law to go into effect in September because did not rule on an urgent request to block it that they had presented Texas clinics. Texas law allows individuals to file civil lawsuits against anyone who assists a pregnant woman with an abortion if they believe they violate the prohibition and offer rewards of up to $ 10,000 to each plaintiff if he wins the trial.

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The Biden administration is under pressure from feminist groups and some Democrats, who have called on the Justice Department to do everything possible to stop the law.

That system has so far allowed Texas authorities to evade responsibility for law enforcement, because the burden of implementation rests on those private citizens and not on the conservative leaders who pushed for the veto. No other similar law prohibiting abortion at six weeks’ gestation – when the fetal heartbeat can be detected – has gone into effect in the United States.

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