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Weiser among AGs who filed amicus brief against Texas abortion law

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Robert Davis | The Center Square contributor

(The Center Square) – Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is one of 24 state attorneys general to join in an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court this week arguing that Texas’s abortion law will result in “negative health and socioeconomic consequences.” 

The brief comes as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the court to halt enforcement of Senate Bill 8 after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction against it. 

“Access to reproductive health care and abortion services is a constitutionally protected right,” AG Phil Weiser said in a press release. “These repeated attacks on women’s right to equality, which includes bodily autonomy, fly in the face of Roe v. Wade. This unconstitutional, unconscionable ban must be stopped.”

SB 8 prohibits abortions once a heartbeat is detected. Doctors who perform abortions where a fetal heartbeat is detected can be held criminally liable under the law.

The law also authorizes a private right of action against abortion service providers, mothers seeking abortions, or people who aid others seeking abortions that violate SB 8. Those found in violation can be fined as much as $10,000 and face jail time.

“Most patients now must travel out of state, which makes abortion for many people too difficult, too time-intensive, and too costly,” the amicus brief states. “…The harms caused by S.B. 8 are rippling well beyond Texas into other states, as people are forced to seek care elsewhere, in many places overwhelming capacity and threatening our own residents’ access to care.”

Weiser also joined a coalition of states in opposing the law back in September.

The Supreme Court previously rejected a challenge to the law allowing it to go into effect.