Nearly half the attorneys general in the United States on Wednesday backed President Joe Biden’s attempt to block a new anti-abortion law in Texas. The 24 attorneys general, all Democrats, said the new law is “in direct contravention of nearly a half century of Supreme Court precedent” and has “banned nearly all pre-viability abortions within its borders.” The law bans most abortions by requiring doctors to test for a fetal heartbeat before carrying out the termination of an unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the doctor is barred from doing an abortion unless he or she deems the situation a medical emergency. The measure blocks state officials from enforcement. Instead, private citizens can sue doctors or people who allegedly aid in illegal abortions if they believe one occurred. The two dozen attorneys general, led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy, say (pdf) they have a responsibility to protect clinicians who …


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