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US Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed to crack down on attacks on reproductive health clinics across the country after Texas imposed severe restrictions on abortion in a controversial state law that the Supreme Court refused to prevent.
“this [justice] When abortion clinics or reproductive health centers are attacked, the department will provide support from federal law enforcement,” Garland said in a statement on Monday, adding that officials have contacted Texas and other states in the United States. The Office of the Attorney and the FBI field offices.
“We will not tolerate violence against people who seek or provide reproductive health services, physical disabilities, or property damage in violation of the FACE Act,” he was referring to the Freedom of Access to Clinics Act of 1994.
Garland’s move has aroused the anger of many Democrats and even some moderate Republicans over the Supreme Court’s decision on Texas law, which aims to prohibit abortion after approximately six weeks of pregnancy.
One of the most criticized measures in the law is to allow private citizens to sue those who provide abortions or facilitate abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, and may receive a $10,000 reward.
This raises concerns that healthcare providers, patients and advocates may face intimidation and violence. US President Joe Biden warned last week that Texas law may create a “compulsory police system” that “nearly meets American standards”.
Garland’s statement during the Labor Day holiday highlighted the urgency within the government to challenge the Texas law, which is becoming a social and political hot spot in the United States.
Several other conservative, Republican-led states plan to follow the example of Texas by imposing similar restrictions. At the same time, defenders of abortion rights worry that the Supreme Court’s decision to allow Texas law to take effect may pave the way for it to overturn the Roe vs Wade case, a landmark ruling in 1973 that established Women choose whether to have the constitutionality of abortion rights. abortion.
“Here you have [the Supreme Court] This year, this week, mainly to tell women in Texas that 85% of them who seek abortion services cannot exercise their constitutional rights. . . with [it] It’s basically giving the green light to a law that blatantly opposes Roe v. Wade,” Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota said in an interview with CNN on Sunday.