If there’s anything that could send Texas over the edge, it’s the potential for overreach by the federal government.
The Lone Star State is famously independent, often referring to itself as the “Republic” of Texas, and consistently reminding the politicians at the national level to keep their noses out of Texas business.
But still they try, and this week was no exception.
The U.S. Department of Justice late Tuesday asked a federal judge in Texas to temporarily halt the controversial new state law that bans abortions after about six weeks.
The emergency motion seeking a temporary restraining order comes days after the DOJ sued Texas over the law, claiming it was enacted to “prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights.”Trending:
The law went into effect on Sept. 1 after being upheld in a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. It is the strictest abortion law in the country. Critics say many women don’t yet know they’re pregnant at six weeks – around the time when a fetal heartbeat can first be detected – and the law makes no exceptions for rape or incest.
And there is no doubt where the DOJ stands on this, either.
“It’s clearly unconstitutional,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said last Thursday. “The obvious and expressly acknowledged intention of this statutory scheme is to prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights.”
The move will almost certainly trigger a knee-jerk reaction in patriotic constitutionalists who believe that this could be a matter of states’ rights, and that the overzealous and overbearing nature of this weaponization of the DOJ could just lead Texas into ever-more independent rhetoric.