Texas’ draconian abortion ban

Texas just enacted a ban on all abortions after six weeks — which is pretty much a ban on abortion, period, as most women don’t even know they’re pregnant at six weeks. The law provides for no exceptions for rape or incest.

Let me walk you through just how bad this new law is. And if you prefer to watch a video explainer, I did these two videos over on TikTok: Part 1; Part 2.

So, in a nutshell, Texas just passed a law that bans abortions after six weeks — under Roe v. Wade, you generally can’t ban abortions before 22 to 24 weeks — and rather than have the state enforce the law, they empower private citizens as anti-choice vigilantes.

Under the law, any Texan can sue anyone who “aids and abets” an abortion, other than the woman having the abortion herself. So this means any Joe-blow in Texas — literally anyone, they need no relation to you at all — can sue the doctor performing the abortion, and his staff. But the language is so intentionally vague and broad — anyone aiding and abetting the abortion — that the law also could cover your Uber driver who brought you to the clinic, the credit card company that processed your payment for the procedure, anyone who provided you the money for the procedure, and really anyone who aided you in any way (a car ride, advice, someone who recommended the doctor in question, a GoFundMe page that helps pay for the procedure, anyone or any service that raises money for Planned Parenthood, etc.)

If the person suing wins, they get $10,000, and the person they’re suing has to pay their legal fees. If the defendant, the person they sue, wins, they don’t get anything (not even legal fees). The intent of the legislation is to not only make abortion 100% illegal, but to scare anyone in the state from even saying anything openly supportive of the right to choose.

You can read the rest of this story over at my newsletter, CyberDisobedience.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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