The U.S Justice Department is suing Texas over the state’s new controversial restrictions on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday.
Garland called the Texas law “clearly unconstitutional,” and said it included an “unprecedented scheme” to insulate the state of Texas from responsibility for the law.
The move comes a week after the Supreme Court refused to block the state law, which would effectively ban most abortions, in a 5-4 ruling over the objections of the court’s liberal wing and the Chief Justice John Roberts.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday afternoon in federal district court in Texas.
The Supreme Court’s ruling last week incensed the Democratic Party and reproductive rights activists, with some warning that it had effectively overturned the court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision that found that women have a constitutionally-protected right to obtain an abortion without excessive restrictions.