Texas files complaint against directive that authorizes abortions in case of danger to pregnant women

Texas filed a complaint Thursday against a Joe Biden administration directive that allows emergency physicians to perform life-threatening abortions, even if local laws prohibit abortions.

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LThe complaint, filed by Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, accuses the Democratic president of “disobeying” the June 24 Supreme Court ruling, which gave each state the freedom to ban abortions in its territory.

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

The White House was quick to criticize the action of a “radical and extremist elected Republican.”

“It is unconscionable that a public official would take legal action to prevent women from receiving vital emergency care, a right protected by American law,” Karine Jean-Pierre, a spokeswoman for the Joe Biden Agency, said in a statement.

The Texas complaint follows a Monday letter from Health Minister Xavier Becerra to emergency physicians practicing at federally funded hospitals.

Federal law “protects his clinical judgment and the actions he takes to stabilize his pregnant patients, regardless of restrictions in place in the state where he practices,” he wrote.

a political complaint

If a doctor believes that an abortion is necessary to solve a medical emergency, “he must perform it,” adds the minister. The federal law “aheads” the state laws if they prohibit abortion without exception for the life or health of the pregnant woman, he still assures.

The Joe Biden administration “is trying to get its bureaucrats to force hospitals and emergency doctors to perform abortions,” criticized Ken Paxton, whose state now bans all abortions.

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

It is part of a great legal vagueness since the Supreme Court dynamited the right to abortion in force for almost half a century in the United States.

In fact, his decision has made it possible to activate many laws that have been dormant for years, including centuries-old laws, but whose provisions may be contradictory.

At the moment, a dozen states, in the conservative south and center, ban abortions and a handful more limit them to the first six weeks of pregnancy. Eventually, half of them should ban abortions on their land.

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