The latest anti-abortion law in Texas is nothing less than an abomination. Not only does it ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat — approximately six weeks into pregnancy, before most women even realize they are pregnant — but it allows any citizen, without establishing any vested personal interest, to sue clinics and individuals alike for “aiding and abetting” such abortions. It puts a bounty on the head of everyone involved.
This completely circumvents the normal government enforcement of abortion laws. This is letting any self-righteous right-to-lifer or troublemaker actually sue somebody and earn up to $10,000 doing it. This is legalized vigilantism.
And the worst part? The Supreme Court had a chance to review this law and stop it. (Pro-choice groups had made an emergency appeal.) But by a vote of 5 to 4, the justices allowed it to go into effect. They didn’t rule on its constitutionality; they just let it stand. Small comfort that this conservative court still has the power to rule on the law at a later time. Until they get around to it, if they get around to it, the fate of any Texas woman seeking an abortion is in the hands of godonlyknows.
I am sickened, outraged, and horrified. I fear for the future of Roe v. Wade and the freedom of American women to control their own bodies.