Governor Abbott is playing doctor again:
Not only does the new law ban abortion at six weeks—when women likely don’t even know they’re pregnant—it provides no exceptions in the case of rape or incest. Also, it allows anyone to sue any abortion provider. You know the fetus-fondlers lawyers are already moist in their briefs for this litigation bonanza. The Guardian:
In fact, any individual can sue anyone who “aids or abets” abortion care or someone who “intends” to help an abortion patient, a breathtakingly wide range of possible people and groups. While those who sue can collect a minimum of $10,000 if they are successful, those unjustly sued cannot recover legal fees. The anti-abortion law’s private enforcement provision is the first of its kind in the country.
“This law is so broadly written it could target not just abortion clinics and staff but anyone that volunteers or donates to an abortion fund or activist organization like ours,” says Aimee Arrambide, executive director of reproductive rights advocacy group, Avow Texas. “Domestic violence and rape crisis counselors who offer guidance, family members who lend money to abortion patients, a friend who gives a ride to an appointment, or even someone that provides an address to a clinic could also face lawsuits.”
As cognitive scientist George Lakoff wrote in “Moral Politics” People do not vote their interests, they vote their identities. Come-on, Texas, you can do better.
I feel sorry for Texans, but they elected this jerk Abbott and all other jerks that enable him. Take charge of your destiny Texans.