The Biden administration plans to sue Texas as early as this week over the Lone Star state’s new law that prohibits abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, according to reports.
The Department of Justice may sue the state as soon as Thursday and is expected to argue that the Texas law illegally interferes with federal interests, the Wall Street Journal first reported.
Politico has confirmed that the department is set to move forward with a lawsuit just days after Attorney General Merrick Garland said the department was weighing options to take action after the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision rejecting a challenge to the law last week.
The measure allows any individual to sue medical providers who perform an abortion after a fetal heartbeat has been detected. The law says plaintiffs in litigation cases resulting from the law’s implementation can earn up to $10,000 in damages.