Published On: Wed, Sep 15th, 2021

24 Democratic Attorneys General Back Biden’s Attempt to Block Texas Abortion Law

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Nearly half of the attorneys general in the United States are backing President Joe Biden’s attempt to block a new anti-abortion law in Texas on Sept. 15. The 24 attorneys general, all Democrats, said the new law is “in direct contravention of nearly a half-century of Supreme Court precedent” and has “banned nearly all pre-viability abortions within its borders.” The law bans most abortions by requiring doctors to test for a fetal heartbeat before carrying out the termination of an unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the doctor is barred from doing an abortion unless he or she deems the situation to be a medical emergency. The measure blocks state officials from enforcing it. Instead, private citizens can sue doctors or people who allegedly aid in illegal abortions if they believe one has occurred. The two dozen attorneys general, led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, say (pdf) that they …

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