The Justice Department is suing Texas over a controversial new abortion law. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the law is "clearly unconstitutional" under longstanding U.S. Supreme Court precedent. The high court recently declined to block implementation of the Texas law, which bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
Garland said many women do not even suspect they may be pregnant until after six weeks. He also noted the measure offers no exceptions for rape or incest.
Garland ripped a provision of the law, offering rewards for information about possible abortions. He warned it could prompt actions by would-be "bounty hunters." Garland also expressed concern that other Republican-led states could follow suit with similar laws.