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Attorney General Merrick Garland, joined by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco (left) and Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, announces a federal lawsuit over Texas' new abortion law.

Department of Justice sues Texas over abortion ban

Originally published by The 19th.

The Justice Department announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against Texas over its six-week abortion ban that went into effect last week. The Biden administration has faced pressure to take action after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the new law that has become the most restrictive in the country.

The DOJ lawsuit will test the federal government's ability to challenge Texas' unique legislation, which empowers private parties to sue anyone who “aids or abets" a person in obtaining an abortion in the state after six weeks of pregnancy. That key provision significantly differs from attempted abortion restrictions in other states, which rely on criminal enforcement, and may complicate federal attempts to intervene, experts say.

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A woman casts her vote at the Hazel Parker Playground in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 3, 2020.

Women voters put economy as top priority

Originally published by The 19th.

Women voters will be key for Democrats to maintain control of Congress next year. To succeed, the party will need to harness President Biden's support among women and show how lawmakers are working to address their concerns about the economy, according to a liberal group that conducted polling and focus groups.

New research shared with The 19th by liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century offers a glimpse into the priorities for women voters in four critical battleground states for the 2022 midterm elections and highlights where the Democratic Party's messaging may fall short.

The women listed economic recovery as a top concern and expressed support for a number of Democratic priorities that include giving Medicare the ability to negotiate drug prices, investing in infrastructure, improving job training programs and giving loans to small businesses.

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