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Wed Sep 29, 2021, 11:48 AM

TX argues DOJ can't sue over SB8 because it stimulates interstate travel



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Jacqueline Thomsen
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In a new court filing, Texas argues DOJ can't sue over SB8 in part because the law is "stimulating rather than obstructing interstate travel" as women have to leave the state to obtain abortions.

Doc: https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.txwd.1146510/gov.uscourts.txwd.1146510.43.0.pdf
Moreover, even if Debs had created a cause of action, it would not apply where “there is . . .
no factor of interstate commerce.” Solomon, 563 F.2d at 1129. “Where . . . there was no basis on which to claim that interstate commerce was obstructed by a denial of civil rights in violation of some congressional enactment, four courts have held that the government lacks nonstatutory authority to sue.” Id. at 1128.

In this case, the federal government does not bring a commerce claim, nor does it cite any
actual evidence that the Texas Heartbeat Act burdens interstate commerce. Cf. ECF 6-1 at 27 (citing unverified allegations from the complaint, which cannot support a preliminary injunction). What evidence that does exist in the record suggests that, if anything, the Act is stimulating rather than obstructing interstate travel. See ECF 6-8 ¶¶ 10–11 (noting increase in Texas women traveling to Oklahoma); id. ¶¶ 19–20 (same for Kansas). In any event, an intrastate regulation of medicine is not
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Nevilledog Sep 2021 OP
Jilly_in_VA Sep 2021 #1
Buns_of_Fire Sep 2021 #2
Nevilledog Sep 2021 #3
UTUSN Sep 2021 #4
The Magistrate Sep 2021 #5
LetMyPeopleVote Sep 2021 #6
LiberalFighter Sep 2021 #7

Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 11:54 AM

1. Yeah no

That is just about the silliest, most convoluted argument I've ever heard.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 12:00 PM

2. Sounds like Texas hired Roody Giuliani to come up with this.

Assisted, of course, by those two crack(pot) barristers, Lin Wood and Sidney Powell.

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Response to Buns_of_Fire (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 12:01 PM

3. Don't leave out Ken Paxton

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 12:03 PM

4. HAH!1 Thought it was BOROWITZ!1

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 12:05 PM

5. It Will Take All Day, Ma'am

For my brain to recover from that sprain....

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 12:07 PM

6. Ken Paxton is an idiot and this is a dumb argument

Ken is an idiot and this is a very stupid argument

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 12:27 PM

7. But it does prevent women from other states to go to Texas.

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