US attorney general Merrick Garland has announced the Biden administration is suing Texas over the state’s ‘clearly unconstitutional’ abortion law, which amounts to a near-total ban on abortion.

Senate Bill 8 bans abortion around six weeks after a pregnancy starts, and is enforced by private citizens being invited to report any woman seeking an abortion after this time, with a prize of $10,000 (£72,000) for each report.

Garland said the law that went into effect at the beginning of September was one ‘all Americans should fear’ because it opened the possibility for other constitutional rights to be put in danger by ‘bounty hunting’ private citizens

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