Texas Bans Abortions After Six Weeks, Allows Civilians to Sue Abortion Providers
A “heartbeat” abortion bill in the state of Texas has taken effect, effectively banning all abortions after six weeks.
Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill back in May, though it only took effect Wednesday at midnight after the Supreme Court failed to act on an emergency appeal that would have temporarily blocked the law’s implementation.
The Associated Press has called the law “the most dramatic restriction on abortion rights in the United States since the high court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision.” Several other states have passed similar laws before, but judges have blocked them while lawsuits proceed through the court system.
Texas’ law is unique because it allows civilians to sue abortion providers, procurers, and anyone else who assists in the process.
“Anyone who successfully sues another person would be entitled to at least $10,000,” according to the AP.
So-called “pro-choice” activist groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are freaking out and even pulling the race card.
“This is a racial and economic justice catastrophe,” the ACLU whined in a Twitter thread. “Decades of racism and structural inequality within the health care system have left Black and Latinx people and anyone trying to make ends meet with few alternatives to the cruel reality that Texas politicians have created.”
“This is a full-scale assault on patients, our health care providers, and our support systems.”
God bless Texas!
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