Justice Department Files Emergency Motion to Block Texas Heartbeat Act

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) asked a federal judge to temporarily halt enforcement of the Texas Heartbeat Act (Senate Bill 8) while litigation continues. 

Judge Robert Pitman, an Obama nominee, presides over the case and is expected to grant the petition. The timing is unknown. However, Pitman’s rush in August to block the Texas Heartbeat Act before taking effect is precisely what caused the lower court to lose jurisdiction over the first direct challenge to the law, thereby unintentionally saving the lives of approximately 2,000 preborn children.

Texas Right to Life Vice President Elizabeth Graham responded:

“Texas Right to Life is not surprised by the Biden administration’s desperate move to stop the Texas Heartbeat Act from saving lives by any means necessary and as quickly as possible. We expect an impartial court to declare the DOJ’s lawsuit invalid.”

The Texas Heartbeat Act protects children from abortion from the time they have a detectable heartbeat, around six weeks’ gestation. Unlike other states’ heartbeat policies, the Texas Heartbeat Act is enforced by private citizens who can sue abortionists for killing preborn children in violation of the law. The measure has earned the scorn of Biden and other politicians who do the bidding of the abortion industry. The Supreme Court denied an attempt by abortion groups to block the law, and the Texas Heartbeat Act has been in effect since September 1. 

Texas will not be intimidated by the empty threats of the Biden administration. Additionally, Texas Right to Life already started working with other states to pass versions of the Texas Heartbeat Act. The life-saving law rescues an estimated 100-150 preborn babies a day from death by abortion.