The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) says it will protect women who are seeking abortions in the state of Texas.
On Monday, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland issued a statement vowing that the DOJ will explore all options to challenge Texas' SB8 "in order to protect the constitutional rights of women and other persons, including access to an abortion."
"We will continue to protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services pursuant to our criminal and civil enforcement of the FACE Act, 18 U.S.C. § 248," Garland said in the statement, in part.
Garland also said in the statement that the DOJ will provide federal support if or when an abortion clinic or reproductive health center is under attack.
"We will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services, physical obstruction or property damage in violation of the FACE Act," the AG's statement read, in part.
The DOJ's push to protect women seeking abortions in Texas comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the controversial state law that bans most abortions. Last week, the Supreme Court voted 5-4, ultimately allowing the Texas law to remain in effect.
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Below is the full statement released by Merrick B. Garland:
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