Texas sues Biden administration in court against abortion guideline


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O procurador-geral do Texas, Ken Paxton, argumentou que a legislação federal não estabelece especificamente que um aborto deva ser realizado em situações de emergência médica

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that federal law does not specifically state that an abortion must be performed in a medical emergency | Photo: EFE/EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

The US state of Texas filed a lawsuit in federal court this Thursday ( ) in which he calls for the suspension of a directive from the administration of President Joe Biden to doctors and hospitals across the country to perform abortions in medical emergencies.

The Democratic Management claims that federal legislation provides for abortions to be performed as a “necessary stabilizing treatment” to save the life of the pregnant woman in emergency situations in situations such as ectopic pregnancy, hypertension and preeclampsia, among others.

According to information from CNBC, in the action filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, state attorney general Ken Paxton argued that federal law does not specifically state that an abortion must be performed in these situations.

Earlier this week, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra warned that hospitals and professionals who refuse to perform abortions in these medical emergencies could have federal Medicare funds cut and be fined.

Becerra argued that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Work Act overrides any state laws that prohibit abortion in emergency situations, but Paxton responded that this legislation does not require any specific procedure (such as an abortion) to be taken. He called the Biden administration’s directive “illegal, unconstitutional and unenforceable.”

Last month, the United States Supreme Court struck down federal jurisprudence in Roe v. Wade, from 1100, and returned to American states the freedom to legislate on abortion.

In Texas, the state Supreme Court authorized in early July that a state law of 1100 that prohibits abortion will be applied again until another legislation comes into force within the next few weeks that will make the performance of the procedure a crime punishable by life imprisonment.

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