Merrick Garland Makes Emergency Move Against Texas Abortion Law

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Well, we all knew that Donald Trump was crazy. Now, he is the head of a yes-men Republican Party. The infamous Bob Woodward and The Washington Post’s National Political Journalist Robert Costa just released a bone-chilling, explosive behind-the-scenes look at how close we came to being a dictatorship — seconds. And the ex has planted great, gross time bomb seeds throughout our democracy. Fortunately, he did do us one huge favor.

 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) just filed an emergency motion to issue an order. It will halt Texas Republicans’ beyond-cruel move to put women back at the kitchen stove, barefoot and pregnant. The absurdly narrow law would stop all abortions. Worse, its wording means that women could not have an abortion as early as six weeks into their pregnancy. Many women have no idea they are pregnant at that time.

When Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch “Grim Reaper” McConnell (R-KY) put their heads together a lightning bolt of black magic flashed into existence. Republicans delayed and delayed giving Attorney General Merrick Garland a hearing on the way to a Supreme Court justice seat. Yet, here he is in perhaps a more powerful role, certainly for this time of the not-so-Grand Old Party (GOP), as it mushes through state laws and regulations in a determined attempt to reduce our remarkable democracy to ashes.

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Garland’s department filed the motion arguing that Texas must see what the new law is doing to women, “to prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights.” The DOJ’s 47-page motion argued:

‘This relief is necessary to protect the constitutional rights of women in Texas and the sovereign interest of the United States in ensuring that its States respect the terms of the national compact. It is also necessary to protect federal agencies, employees, and contractors whose lawful actions S.B. 8 purports to prohibit.’

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The legal action comes after the department announced last week that it was suing Texas over the restrictive anti-choice law. It also allows most private citizens to file lawsuits against abortion providers and others if they suspect that someone ignored the new policy. It allows any individual across the nation to chase down pregnant girls and women and walk away with a $10,000 bounty. Even if women beat the attempt, they would still be out massive legal bills. In addition, it is far more dangerous for very young girls, as young as nine, to bear a child.

AG Garland indicated the law is plainly wrong, because it is unconstitutional. He spoke at a press conference:

‘The act is clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent.’

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed the bill into law last May, which is also known by its deadly moniker the “fetal heartbeat bill.” It went into effect on September 1, midnight.

The only exception is for dire emergencies. Rape and incest do not qualify. Republicans in power all over America have been greedily eyeing this law: Florida, Indiana, Arkansas, and South Carolina among others.

The following pages give insight into the DOJ’s motion:

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To read the entire motion go to this Document Cloud.

Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.


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