- Synergy of Supreme Court and Texas SB8
Synergy of Supreme Court and Texas SB8
I might well have missed in prior discussions, as to whether list members had specific resistance pathways to suggest, on the powerful synergy between the current Supreme Court and the Texan law SB8:
"The Texas law, known as SB 8, is the most brazenly anti-abortion law in the country. It bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant. By itself, this violates a woman’s constitutional right to get an abortion, which the court has protected at least until the fetus is viable outside the womb, at around 22 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. That is why courts have struck down similar six-week bans in other states.
Texas lawmakers knew this, and they crafted their law specifically to avoid that fate. Instead of making it enforceable the usual way, through government officials, they authorized private citizens — in Texas or anywhere else — to sue anyone who is involved in performing an abortion or who “aids or abets” one: not only a woman’s doctor, but her family, her friends, potentially even the taxi driver who takes her to the clinic. There is no exception for cases of rape or incest, and the plaintiff doesn’t need to have any connection to the woman in order to bring the suit. If it succeeds, he or she is entitled to $10,000 plus legal fees. It’s a dream for bounty hunters and a nightmare for everyone else." 2nd September 2021. 'The Abortion Ruling Was Stunning but Not Surprising;' at: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/02/opinion/texas-abortion-supreme-court-roe-v-wade.html
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