Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration on Wednesday over a memo that was sent out insisting that people can use a law that allows “emergency abortions” over the Supreme Courts’ Roe Vs. Wade decision.
“The Biden Administration seeks to transform every emergency room in the country into a walk-in abortion clinic,” Paxton said in a statement.
“This administration has a hard time following the law, and now they are trying to have their appointed bureaucrats mandate that hospitals and emergency medicine physicians perform abortions. I will ensure that President Biden will be forced to comply with the Supreme Court’s important decision concerning abortion and I will not allow him to undermine and distort existing laws to fit his administration’s unlawful agenda,” she added.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded to the statement on Thursday, stating, “This is yet another example of an extreme and radical Republican elected official.”
“It is unthinkable that this public official would sue to block women from receiving life-saving care in emergency rooms, a right protected under U.S. law,” she added.
The Biden administration sent a memo to state officials earlier this week as a reminder of “the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act,” which “requires that all patients receive an appropriate medical screening examination, stabilizing treatment, and transfer, if necessary,” according to the HHS guidance. The memo also stated that the law is “irrespective of any state laws or mandates that apply to specific procedures.”
Texas, along with 12 other states, put trigger laws in place to make abortion mostly illegal within their borders if Roe Vs. Wade was overturned.
The other states included Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Louisiana, Utah and Wyoming.
A trigger law on abortion bans in Ohio recently caused a 10-year-old rape victim who became pregnant to travel to Indiana to get a legal abortion procedure done earlier this month. The man who raped her was arrested on Wednesday.