DOJ Heartbeat Bill Injunction Denied while Florida follows suit

by mcardinal

Megan Udinski, FISM News


Continued attempts to stop the Texas Heartbeat Law (SB8) by the Department of Justice and Biden administration have been thwarted by US.. District Judge Robert Pitman. 

The Heartbeat Bill, which makes it illegal for an abortion to occur in the state of Texas after a fetal heartbeat is detected, was signed into law on Sept. 1. The law also grants private citizens the right to sue any abortion provider or anyone assisting a woman in receiving an abortion. Immediately pro-abortion activists and left-winged politicians set out to destroy the legislation. 

On Sept. 14, the Justice Department filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to halt SB8, citing that the law is “invalid under the Supremacy Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment, is preempted by federal law, and violates the doctrine of intergovernmental immunity.” 

Obama-appointed Judge Pitman reviewed the motion and signed an order two days later stating the preliminary injunction was denied as “this case presents complex, important questions for the law that merit a full opportunity for the parties to present their positions to the Court.” A court hearing is now set for Oct. 1. 

Congressional Democrats have vowed to codify Roe v. Wade making it a federal law which would nullify any pro-life legislation put forth by individual states. In a press release, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi attacked the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Heartbeat Law and vowed to introduce this pro-abortion legislation. “Upon our return, the House will bring up Congresswoman Judy Chu’s Women’s Health Protection Act to enshrine into law reproductive health care for all women across America. “

While the left is up in arms over the judge’s decision, those who value life at the moment of conception are cheering on the legal victories of this legislation. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted:

Yesterday, Rep. Webster Barnaby (R-Fla.) proposed HB 167, imitating the Texas Heartbeat legislation.  In summary the bill, “requires physician to conduct test for, and inform woman seeking abortion of, presence of detectable fetal heartbeat; prohibits physician from performing or inducing abortion if fetal heartbeat is detected or if physician fails to conduct test to detect fetal heartbeat; provides exceptions; authorizes private civil cause of action for certain violations; provides for civil remedies & damages.” 

Many assumed Florida would follow Texas’s lead after Gov. Ron DeSantis said he “would look more into (The Heartbeat Law).” In a news conference on Empowering Florida Families to Keep Healthy Kids in School , Gov. DeSantis was questioned about his stance on whether the government should stay out of medical decisions, such as forced vaccinations or mask mandates, and how that compares to his opinion on HB 167.

He explained that he has not yet read the legislation, and that this is uniquely different because it involves the right to life rather than what you individually choose to put in your body.  While he has yet to review the bill, he “has a 100% pro-life record.”