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Utah, other states ask court to side with Texas in abortion lawsuit

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has signed Utah on to a friend of the court brief in support of Texas in a lawsuit over its controversial abortion law.In the filing, the states that have signed challenge the federal government’s intervention with Texas’ restrictive law, which prohibits abortions around six weeks of pregnancy. While the filing does challenge federal intervention, it fails to discuss the legality of the Texas law.


The state’s amicus filing says the nation’s Attorney General has “no authority to act as a roving reviser of state law, challenging as unconstitutional any rule with which he disagrees.”


Utah is among a number of states that have restrictive abortion laws in place. In 2020, the Utah State Legislature passed a bill banning elective abortions. But, it can only go into effect if the Roe v. Wade case, which set abortion rights in the U.S., is overturned.