Texas clinics that perform abortions will be protected, Biden promises
The Biden administration “will provide support for federal law enforcement if a clinic is attacked,” the justice minister warned of Texas’ draconian law.
The US Justice Department has promised this Monday, September 6 protection with the resources of the federal government, clinics practicing abortions in Texas , southern state which has adopted a very restrictive legislation on the voluntary termination of pregnancy .
The Biden administration “will provide support for federal law enforcement if an abortion clinic or sexual and reproductive health center is attacked,” Minister Merrick Garland said in a statement.
Contacts have already been made with prosecutors and with the offices of the FBI in Texas, it is specified. “We will not tolerate any violence, physical hindrance or material harm against people seeking or providing contraceptive services,” the statement said.
Plans to Counter Texas Law
The ministry invokes a law of 1994 (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act or “FACE”), which prohibits any form of violence against the exercise of the right to abortion.
The Biden administration is also looking for ways to legally counter Texan law, which the US Supreme Court has refused to suspend, dealing a major blow to abortion rights.
Texas now bans abortion once the embryo’s heartbeat is detected, around six weeks pregnant, when most women don’t even know they’re pregnant. Except in a medical emergency.
President Biden on Thursday excoriated the Supreme Court’s refusal to block a Texas law that prohibits abortion after six weeks, saying that it “unleashes unconstitutional chaos” against women and vowing that his administration would investigate how the federal government could protect existing constitutional abortion rights.
In a statement, the president said that he had directed a gender-focused policy council in the White House, the Office of the White House Counsel and the Health and Human Services and the Justice Departments to “launch of a whole-of-government effort” to respond to the court’s decision.
“Complete strangers will now be empowered to inject themselves in the most private and personal health decisions faced by women,” Mr. Biden said. “This law is so extreme it does not even allow for exceptions in the case of rape or incest.”
The Texas law, known as S.B. 8, makes it difficult for officials to enforce Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision that establishes the right to abortion until the point of fetal viability, the point at which fetuses can sustain life outside the womb, or about 22 to 24 weeks into a pregnancy.