The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington, D.C. on September 1, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 9:08 AM PT – Friday, September 10, 2021
Lawyers are questioning the Biden administration’s move to sue Texas over the recently passed pro-life bill. The legal experts have begun pumping the brakes on their attempts to insert itself into state law.
On Thursday, the Justice Department sued Texas over the bill which bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, claiming it was enacted in direct defiance of the Constitution and illegally interferes with federal interests. However, lawyers have turned that argument on its head.
“We knew the Biden administration was planning to do something, but it’s an audacious lawsuit and that’s because it is ignoring the fact that the judiciary has not asked or answered this question about constitutionality of the law yet, and instead is arguing that the U.S. government has the right to insert itself to invalidate a properly passed and signed state law that it believes to be unconstitutional,” said Rebecca Parma, senior legislative associate for Texas Right to Life.
Critics said they aren’t surprised by the move, however don’t think the lawsuit will be fruitful for the administration or abortion advocates. They have argued the law went through the proper channels to be enacted.
“It’s just a different facet and really just highlights the Biden administration’s lack of restraint in choosing to try to insert itself in this discussion, in an ongoing lawsuit already about the law that is going through the proper channels, went through the Supreme Court denying that petition is back at the 5th Circuit,” stated Parma.
Despite the impending legal battle, they are hopeful the law will survive and have yet to hear of a violation.