U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday (September 03) criticized a Texas abortion law as ‘almost un-American’ because, he said, it creates a ‘vigilante system’.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday (September 01) allowed the Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion to stand, leading Biden to warn that ‘unconstitutional chaos’ could result.
Texas’ ban has so far survived legal challenges partly because of an unusual feature that leaves enforcement up to individual citizens, who could collect cash bounties of at least $10,000 for bringing successful lawsuits against women who seek abortion after their sixth week of pregnancy or those who help them.
Biden said that while he respects differences of opinion over abortion rights, the cash bounty system of the Texas law creates a ‘vigilante system’.
Biden said that the Justice Department may be able to intervene.
“I am not certain, I was told that there are possibilities within the existing law to have the Justice Department look and see whether there are things that can be done that can limit the independent action of individuals in enforcing… a state law,” he said.
Biden on Thursday said he is launching a “whole-of-government effort,” including from the White House counsel, to combat the Texas law.
(Production: Ashraf Fahim)