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DOJ Files Suit in Effort to Void the Texas Anti-Abortion Law

  • Attorney General Garland calls law ‘clearly unconstitutional’
  • Analyst cites difficulty in targeting who to sue under the law
Demonstrators outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Sept. 1.

Demonstrators outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Sept. 1.

Photographer: Sergio Flores/The Washington Post/Getty Images
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The Justice Department sought to put a quick stop to a restrictive anti-abortion law in Texas after the Supreme Court refused to do so, seeking an emergency injunction to block it long enough for a court to rule it unconstitutional.

The 27-page complaint, filed Thursday in federal court in Austin, seeks both an immediate and permanent injunction against the law, which bars almost all abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.