US attorney general vows to crack down on attacks on abortion clinic
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Merrick Garland, the US attorney general, has vowed to crack down on attacks against reproductive health clinics across the country after Texas imposed tough restrictions on abortion in a controversial state law that the Supreme Court refused to ban.
“The [justice] Garland said in a statement Monday that officials have contacted US attorney general’s offices and FBI field offices in Texas and other states.
“We will not tolerate violence against those who seek to obtain or provide reproductive health services, physical disabilities, or property damage in violation of the FACE Act,” he said, referring to the 1994 Freedom of Clinic Entrances Act.
Garland’s move follows anger from many Democrats and even some moderate Republicans over the Supreme Court’s decision on the Texas law, which seeks to ban abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.
One measure that has been heavily criticized in law would allow private citizens to sue people for providing abortions or facilitating abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, with the potential for a $10,000 bounty.
This has raised concerns that health care providers, patients and advocates will be subject to intimidation and violence. US President Joe Biden warned last week that Texas law risks creating an “almost un-American” “eligibility system”.
Garland’s statement released over the Labor Day holiday highlights the urgency the administration feels to challenge the Texas law, which is emerging as a social and political flashpoint in the United States.
Several other conservative, Republican-led states have plans to follow Texas by imposing similar restrictions. Meanwhile, abortion rights advocates worry that the Supreme Court’s decision to allow a Texas law to stand could pave the way for it to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that established the constitutionality of a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion.
“You have here [the Supreme Court] This year, this week, he told women in Texas that 85 percent of them seeking abortion services cannot exercise their constitutional rights. . . And [it] “It gave the green light a basis for a law that blatantly contradicts Roe v. Wade,” Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said in an interview with CNN on Sunday.