Joe Biden asks Supreme Court to suspend anti-abortion law in Texas

Joe Biden, President of the USA, requested this Monday, October 18, 2021 to the Supreme Court to halt enforcement of the anti-abortion law in Texas.

The US government indicates that it is against the law and what the Supreme Court established in 1973 in the case of Roe v. Wade, thereby legalized abortion in the country (abortion up to six months is legal).

It adds that allowing its validity “would perpetuate irreparable harm to the thousands of Texas women who are denied their constitutional rights,” according to the request made by the Department of Justice to the Court.

The law prohibits a woman from having an abortion after six weeks of gestation and there are no exceptions for incest or rape cases. Similar laws have been passed in other entities, but have been challenged.

According to information from The New York Times newspaper, because of the way the law is written, it is difficult to challenge in court, “which represents a radical change in the battle for abortion rights and invites other jurisdictions to try to limit access to the procedure as well.”

The government has requested to block the law in a preventive manner by irreparable damage that could be caused to womens and until the courts determine a final decision on the matter.

What does the Texas anti-abortion law say?

Is a law that came into force in September and in which it is prohibited to abort a woman once the heartbeat of the embryo is detected, which happens at six weeks, and occurs when a woman may not know that she is still pregnant.

The legislation indicates that a person becomes aware of this state within two weeks. On the other hand, it does not exclude cases of rape or incest, although it allows abortion for health reasons, in cases where the mother’s health is in danger or can cause considerable damage. In addition, the Government of Texas offered $ 10,000 to those who report women who have aborted.

The law went into effect on September 1 and remained in effect for 48 hours. In October, a federal court in Texas authorized the temporary reinstatement of the Texas law that bans most abortions.

With information from AFP


Women seeking abortion can do it remotely with a pill by mail

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