Texas files lawsuit against life-saving abortions

Texas files lawsuit against abortions intended to save women's lives


Texas filed a lawsuit Thursday against a directive from Joe Biden's government that allows emergency physicians to perform abortions if the pregnant woman's life is in danger, even though local laws ban interruptions pregnancy volunteers (IVG). 

The lawsuit, filed by Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, accuses the Democratic president of “flouting” the June 24 Supreme Court ruling, which gave freedom to every state to ban abortions on its soil.

His government is “trying to use federal law to turn every emergency department in the country into a walk-in abortion clinic,” according to this document.

The White House quickly criticized the action of an “extreme and radical Republican elected official”.

“It is inconceivable that a public official would take legal action to prevent women from benefiting from health care. emergency rooms, a right protected by American law,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, spokesperson for Joe Biden, in a press release. by the Minister of Health, Xavier Becerra, to emergency physicians practicing in hospitals receiving federal funds.

Federal law “protects your clinical judgment and the actions you take to stabilize your pregnant patients, regardless of any restrictions in place in the state where you practice,” he wrote to them.

If a doctor thinks an abortion is necessary to solve a medical emergency, “he must perform it”, adds the minister. Federal law “overrides” state laws if they prohibit abortions without exception for the life or health of the pregnant woman, he further assures.

Joe Biden's government is “trying to get its bureaucrats to force hospitals and emergency physicians to perform abortions,” criticized Ken Paxton, whose state now bans all abortions.

His laws however, provide for an exception to save the lives of pregnant women, and the complaint filed Thursday seems above all political.

It is part of a great legal vagueness since the Supreme Court dynamited the law abortion laws that have been in effect for nearly half a century in the United States.

His decision has indeed activated many laws that have been dormant for years, including century-old laws , but whose provisions can be contradictory.

As of now, a dozen states in the conservative south and center ban abortions, and a handful others limit them to the first six. weeks of pregnancy. Eventually, half of them should ban abortions on their soil.