House Justice Democrats urge Justice Department to prosecute ‘potential vigilantes’ of abortion in Texas

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Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have urged the Justice Department to prosecute “so-called vigilantes” who attempt to enforce Texas’ recently enacted abortion ban.

In a letter to the Attorney General Merrick garlandMerrick Garland Democrats hail Biden for calling Trump The Hill’s Morning Report – Brought to you by Altria – Marking the January 6 Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons resignation MORE Tuesday, the legislators headed by the president of the judiciary of the House Jerry nadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis Nadler Democrats quietly explore Trump’s January 6 ban on leaving office The memo: The nation’s racial calculation plays out in the big trials of 2021. (DN.Y.) urged Garland to use the “full power” of his agency to “defend a woman’s constitutional right to abortion.”

“We urge you to take legal action up to and including criminal prosecution against potential vigilantes attempting to use the private right of action established by this grossly unconstitutional law,” the lawmakers wrote.

The latest came a day after Garland said the DOJ to explore “all options challenge Texas law. He added that the agency would provide support to federal law enforcement when abortion clinics and reproductive health centers come under attack.

The law, SB 8, prohibits abortions when a “fetal heartbeat” is detected, which usually occurs at six weeks of pregnancy. Because most women don’t realize they’re pregnant at six weeks, the law has effectively banned the procedure in almost all cases.

The measure came under scrutiny for allowing private citizens to sue those who assist or perform abortions against the law, and recover $ 10,000 and damages for legal fees.

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 last Wednesday to reject a request by abortion providers to prevent the law from coming into force.

In Tuesday’s letter, lawmakers said the ability to sue is “the law’s most insidious feature.” Lawmakers further attacked the Supreme Court, saying it “was pushing the citizens of Texas into a regime that is as troubling as it is unconstitutional.”

“Two generations of women have come to rely on the right to choose an abortion. This choice is deeply private and must in no way be intrusive by a third party, and even less by a vigilante seeking state salary, ”the lawmakers wrote.

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