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Justice Department Plans to Fight Ban on Abortion Assistance in Texas

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Justice Department to Challenge Texas "Abortion Trafficker" Ordinances

The Justice Department (DOJ) has announced its intention to challenge ordinances passed in four Texas counties that criminalize “abortion trafficking,” or the act of assisting a pregnant woman in traveling to another state to obtain an abortion.

These ordinances, which are enforceable through private lawsuits, aim to curtail abortion access by punishing individuals who provide transportation or other support to women seeking the procedure in states where it remains legal.

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta condemned the Texas ordinances, stating that states have no authority to criminalize the act of helping women. . .

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