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Justice Department Seeks Injunction to Halt Enforcement of Texas Abortion Law

The Justice Department late Tuesday night filed a request for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction against Texas’ abortion law banning abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The filing comes just days after the Biden administration sued Texas to block the six-week abortion ban, known as Senate Bill 8 and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. In a news conference announcing the lawsuit last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland blasted the state for deputizing legal “bounty hunters” to deter a procedure that remains legal, technically, under state law and Supreme Court precedent.

In its filing in federal court in Austin, the Justice Department wrote that a preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order is necessary to “protect the constitutional rights of women in Texas and the sovereign interest of the United States in ensuring that its States respect the terms of the national compact. It is also necessary to protect federal agencies, employees, and contractors whose lawful actions SB 8 purports to prohibit.”

Read more from NBC 5’s media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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