Texas signs end of abortion as we know it
Wwhatever the Supreme Court decides to do, Texas Republicans are ready to finally overthrow Roe vs. Wade. As of September 1, Act SB8, which Gov. Greg Abbott enacted, bans six-week abortions, with no exceptions for rape or incest, while targeting anyone who “assists or encourages” abortion. someone else. The idea is to make anyone who helps a woman get an abortion a legal target, even her Uber driver, with any citizen capable of collecting a premium on abortion providers.
At midnight in Texas on Wednesday, there was no movement from SCOTUS on the ban, meaning the law has officially gone into effect. An emergency request to block the rule remains in court.
The six-week gestation period comes from the crazy far-right “heartbeat bills” that originated in Ohio with a fringe group called Faith2action that have since been all the rage among Republican lawmakers. I would like to point out that a six week old fetus looks like a tadpole and measures between an eighth and a quarter of an inch, but this bill is not intended to save the “life” of someone the size of a quarter; this bill seeks to change the standards of viability to prevent a woman from terminating a pregnancy.
“About 90 percent of women who come to Whole Woman’s Health clinics are over six weeks pregnant,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, director of Whole Woman’s Health, an abortion provider with four clinics in Texas, told the Texas Tribune. . Most people don’t even do it know they are pregnant after six weeks; it is a missed period.
There are a lot of legal postures here, as the Republicans made their new insane law complicated on purpose in hopes of sneaking it through, to the point that abortion providers have had to turn to the Supreme Court, with its itchy 6-3 conservative majority. abolish Roe deer, as their last best hope here.
“The entry into force of SB8 depends on what the Supreme Court decides to do today. If it doesn’t matter and the law comes into force so ending abortion in Texas, ”Imani Gandy, law and policy editor at Rewire News who tweets as AngryBlackLady, told me Tuesday.
She then explained the situation a bit more:
“Texas Republicans know the six-week ban is unconstitutional. They also know that no court in the country has ever upheld its constitutionality. So, to get around this pesky problem, they played with the system so that clinics, abortion funds – and because the law mandates anyone to enforce the law – abortion providers and “accomplices” have too much. afraid to do anything abortion-related for fear that some god-knows-where anti-choice fanatic is going to press charges against them. Texas Republicans have also made it virtually impossible for lawyers to challenge these abortion laws due to some procedural turmoil that could bankrupt any lawyer who claims in court that these laws are unconstitutional.
“This is a truly outrageous law and it is due to come into force on Wednesday. The entry into force of SB8 depends on what the Supreme Court decides to do today. If that doesn’t matter and the law kicks in, then that ends abortion in Texas. The court will have effectively annulled Casey and Roe deer on the court’s “shadow file”, which means that there will not have been any argument or hearing in the Supreme Court. It would be a big deal. And it is not beyond the realm of the possible.
But even if the court decides to uphold Texas law, rather than using its “shadow case” to effectively overturn Wade, it won’t save much time before the Supremes hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in October, a case that everything suggests that they agreed to hear Roe deer or eliminate it altogether and send the issue of abortion back to the United States.
If that happens, poor women in the Red States will have to drive hundreds of miles and take time off work to get legal abortions in unfamiliar cities with doctors they’ve never met, or they will have illegal abortions and start dying that way. they did it before Roe deer.
Whichever road the Conservatives and the court take to get there, it is clear where they are headed. They are determined to reaffirm their power over women’s bodies.
Governor Abbott is so “pro-life” that he is suing San Antonio in an attempt to prevent his mask tenure. The same people who think wearing a mask hinders their freedom want to control what happens in the womb of women because it was never about life in the first place, but control.