‘At Your Cervix, Ladies,’ Says Texas

Gov. Gregg Abbott of Texas (America’s Lab for Bad Policy) who recently decided that putting a bounty on women seeking abortions and their enablers was a winner, has taken the next step in ensuring that sweet baby Jeebus looks upon the lone star state and smiles:

“A bill adding more restrictions and raising criminal penalties for the use of abortion-inducing medication in Texas goes into effect in December after being signed with no fanfare by Gov. Greg Abbott.

“Senate Bill 4, which passed during the second special session that adjourned Sept. 2, has been decried as a ‘back-door ban on abortion’ by Planned Parenthood officials because it outlaws providing abortion-inducing drugs to Texans after seven weeks of pregnancy.”

They’re gonna come after birth control, you can count on it. This is the gateway move to getting the morning after pill out of Texas, and then everything else goes.

Meanwhile, a Texas abortion provider has gone public about knowingly violating the state’s abortion ban because his patient “has a fundamental right to receive this care,” inviting a lawsuit that will test the law’s constitutionality:

Then, this month, everything changed. A new Texas law, known as S.B. 8, virtually banned any abortion beyond about the sixth week of pregnancy. It shut down about 80 percent of the abortion services we provide. Anyone who suspects I have violated the new law can sue me for at least $10,000. They could also sue anybody who helps a person obtain an abortion past the new limit, including, apparently, the driver who brings a patient to my clinic.

For me, it is 1972 all over again.

And that is why, on the morning of Sept. 6, I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state’s new limit. I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care.

I fully understood that there could be legal consequences—but I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested.

And now he’s got his lawsuit.

And the war on women continues in the gret stet of Texas, y’all.

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6 Responses to ‘At Your Cervix, Ladies,’ Says Texas

  1. MDavis says:

    “a Texas abortion provider has gone public ”
    Does he get the $10K bounty for turning himself in?
    I guess he’d have to sue himself.

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  2. lofgren says:

    If I understand this correctly, SB4 makes knowingly or “recklessly” (and we all know how law enforcement loves to stretch that term) providing an abortion that could get you sued is now punishable by 2 years in prison.

    Does anybody else view this as the noisy, pesky half of the baby that Roberts will excise, in order to maintain his self-image as a unbiased umpire? When Dr. Braid’s case makes it to the Supreme Court, they’ll strike down SB4 but leave SB8 and declare it a victory for reasonable centrists everywhere.

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  3. roket says:

    Tort reform. NOW!!! tehehehehehe

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  4. R White says:

    This abortion issue which is sure to later become a bait and switch with Mississippi’s equally horrendous abortion bill before the SC, how is it that a felon in Arkansas who’s currently on probation has the right to sue this doctor in Texas?

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