Texas ’new law, SB 8, prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks, even when some women know they are pregnant. The law assigns compliance responsibilities to private parties, inciting individuals who can recover $ 10,000 or more if they win a case against a party they accuse of having performed or assisted in an abortion. By placing enforcement powers in the hands of private citizens, rather than state or local government officials, it leaves opponents of the bill without an obvious party to sue.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.
Garland and President Joe Biden have been on strike over the Justice Department’s options for responding to Texas law. Biden has promised a “government-wide” response and said last week that the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services would take steps to protect abortion rights in Texas.
“I was told that there are possibilities within the existing law that the Department of Justice can examine and see if things can be done that can limit the independent action of people when enforcing state law,” he said. dir Biden. I still don’t know enough to give you an answer. “
Vice President Kamala Harris will meet Thursday with abortion and reproductive health providers and patients from Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky and New Mexico to talk about the impact of SB 8.