US attorney general Merrick Garland announced on Monday that the federal government will take action to protect those in Texas trying to obtain an abortion in the wake of the strictest anti-abortion law in the US taking effect last week.

The US justice department said that it will not tolerate violence against anyone seeking abortion services in the state and that federal officials are exploring all options to challenge the ban on almost all terminations, with new state law also empowering the public to enforce the law in a way critics decry as promoting vigilantism.

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“Honestly, everyone at every turn was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’” said Shannon Alessandroni, a 24-year-old state legislative aide whose 12-month prescription sent her on a contraceptive odyssey in May.

The inaction has frustrated advocates and sponsors of the ACCESS law — “An Act Relative to Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security in our State” — one of whom accused Baker of being “indifferent” toward its implementation.

“It’s the administration’s job to implement a law,” said that sponsor, Senator Harriette L. Chandler, a Worcester Democrat. “It was their job to ensure that pharmacies and health plans knew

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