AUSTIN, Texas — Former Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis filed a lawsuit Tuesday over the most restrictive abortion law in effect in the U.S., nearly a decade after her 13-hour filibuster of another anti-abortion measure left her from one to another day a Democratic star.
The lawsuit is the latest attempt to overturn Texas law known as Senate Bill 8, which prohibits abortions after approximately six weeks of pregnancy. Courts have repeatedly dismissed multiple other challenges and held the law in place since September
That includes both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court, defeats that caused attorneys at abortion clinics in Texas to acknowledge that their path to stop the law was effectively closed.
Like previous challenges, Davis calls the law unconstitutional but takes a different legal approach and is suing Republican state representative Briscoe Cain, who earlier this year accused Citigroup of circumventing the law by offering to pay travel expenses for employees who use the law. left state to seek an abortion. Cain did not immediately respond to an email sent Tuesday evening.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Austin, also names three individuals whom Davis accuses of using or threatening to use the law’s unique mechanism that enforces the law only through private lawsuits.
Davis’ filibuster caused a botched run for Texas governor. She also lost a bid for Congress in 2020 and now works with abortion funds.
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