Texas Gov Greg Abbott signs Senate Bill 1, also known as the election integrity bill, into law in Tyler, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. The sweeping bill signed Tuesday by the two-term Republican governor further tightens Texas’ strict voting laws. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
UPDATED 8:22 AM PT – Thursday, September 9, 2021
The Biden administration is reportedly gearing up to sue Texas over its new abortion law. According to reports, “people familiar with the matter” have said the Department of Justice could file the suit as early as this week. The Justice Department is expected to argue the law illegally interferes with federal interests.
This comes after Democrats and abortion rights groups have continued to push the administration to take action. When asked about the possibility of the suit, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to confirm if it was in the works. However, she asserted that an action as such would reflect Joe Biden’s calls to protect women’s right to choose.
The law has seen push-back over the lack of a provision for victims of rape or incest, which Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) said they have a plan for.
“And Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them,” stated the governor. “And getting them off the streets.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland this week said the Justice Department is exploring all its options. This includes an attempt to strip the state of federal funding or exploring if there are federal facilities in the state that could provide abortions.