Wendy Davis sues over Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas — Former Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis sued Tuesday over the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., nearly a decade after her 13-hour filibuster against another anti-abortion measure made it a Democratic star overnight.

The lawsuit is the latest attempt to stop the Texas law known as Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. The courts have repeatedly rejected many other challenges and have upheld the law since September.

That includes both the US Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court, defeats that caused lawyers for Texas abortion clinics to acknowledge that their path to stopping the law had effectively been closed.

Like previous challenges, Davis says the law is unconstitutional, but he takes a different legal approach, suing Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain, who earlier this year accused Citigroup of skirting the law by offering to pay travel expenses. of employees leaving the state to seek an abortion. Cain did not immediately respond to an email sent Tuesday night.

The suit, filed in federal court in Austin, also names three private citizens whom Davis accuses of using or threatening to use the law’s unique mechanism that enforces the law only through private lawsuits.

Davis’ obstructionism fueled an unsuccessful bid for Governor of Texas. He also lost a run for Congress in 2020 and now works with abortion funds.

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