The Justice Department is planning to sue the state of Texas following a recently enacted law that bans abortions once a “fetal heartbeat” is detected, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Citing people familiar with the plans, the newspaper reported a lawsuit could be filed as early as Thursday, though the sources noted the timeline could be later.
It was not immediately clear what argument the department would make, but one source that spoke with the Journal predicted it would be that federal interests were illegally interfered with by the Texas law.
The Hill has reached out to Department of Justice for comment.
Last week, the Supreme Court declined to block the Texas law, which effectively bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. It was signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot on June 16 and became effective last week.
The law empowers private citizens to enforce the measure, awarding them $10,000 each time they are able to successfully sue someone who carries out or facilitates an abortion.
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“We urge you to take legal action up to and including the criminal prosecution of would-be vigilantes attempting to use the private right of action established by that blatantly unconstitutional law,” the lawmakers wrote.