Freedom is under attack. Not by enemies, but by our neighbors. The Texas law banning abortion is the worst kind of law. Not just because it denies women the right to make decisions about their own bodies, their own lives, but because it invites neighbors, friends, and family to turn on each other. That is reprehensible.
To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.Nelson Mandela
The Texas Law
“The Texas law, which makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest or rape, bars state officials from enforcing it and instead deputizes private individuals to sue anyone who performs the procedure or “aids and abets” it.
The patient may not be sued, but doctors, staff members at clinics, counselors, people who help pay for the procedure, and even an Uber driver taking a patient to an abortion clinic are all potential defendants. Plaintiffs, who do not need to live in Texas have any connection to the abortion or show any injury from it, are entitled to $10,000 and their legal fees recovered if they win. Prevailing defendants are not entitled to legal fees.NY Times
Read that again. The law “bars state officials from enforcing it.” Instead, it “deputizes private individuals” to sue anyone who performs the procedure. Or anyone who helps a woman get an abortion. The state of Texas has turned into a Nazi state. This law is the same as the 1933 Nazi decree that required Germans to turn in anyone who spoke against the government.
Not only that, this Texan law says the plaintiff (the person suing) does not need to “live in Texas, have any connection to the abortion or show any injury from it.” And to top that off, they will REWARD the successful plaintiff with up to $10,000 and their legal fees!
If the defendants (the accused) win, they cannot recover legal fees. The law punishes the accused even if they are innocent!
The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court refused to block the law. This upset many people. According to the NY Times, “Usually, a lawsuit seeking to block a law because it is unconstitutional would name state officials as defendants.” Except in this case, the law specifically bans state officials from enforcing this law.
And in the unsigned majority opinion (not ruling), they said that the abortion providers who sought the block did not make their case. It also stated that this opinion did not speak to the constitutionality of this law.
Could they have blocked the law? Of course they could have. Should they have? That’s complicated by legal issues I don’t pretend to understand completely.
I understand that this law is about more than pro-life or pro-choice. It’s about turning people against each other. It invites abuse of each other and of the system. What I want to know is where the heck the voting Texans are? What are you thinking?
It’s the mark of a backward society – or a society moving backward – when decisions are made for women by men.Melinda Gates, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
Don’t Tell Me You’re Pro-Life
- Don’t support laws to prevent school shootings,
- Are against free school lunches for every child,
- Don’t support taxes to provide better care for and laws protecting our elderly,
- You cheered when you heard Osama bin Ladin was dead,
- Don’t support laws that require fathers to pay child support from prenatal care through that child’s college education,
- You eat meat or eggs or fish,
- Don’t support free education for all,
- You believe accessible parking is preferential treatment,
- Don’t support paid maternity and paternity leave,
- You hunt and kill any living animal,
- Don’t believe in mandatory sentences for rape,
- Aren’t against police brutality in all situations,
- Don’t support free health care for all (including free contraceptives),
- Will not wear a mask to protect others from COVID,
…you are not pro-life.
You are pro-life in all situations or you are not pro-life but pro-controlling someone else’s life.
My Position on Abortion
No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.Margaret Sanger
No one gets pregnant so they can have an abortion. No one chooses abortion as their first option for birth control. It is a deeply personal choice. A choice no one else will ever understand.
I fully support every woman’s right to choose what to do with her body. And I adamantly object to any law aimed at controlling anyone’s choice about their health, pregnancy, or sexuality.
True freedom requires the rule of law and justice, and a judicial system in which the rights of some are not secured by the denial of rights to others.Jonathan Sacks
I believe the Supreme Court will rule the Texas Abortion Ban as unconstitutional. But that decision may come too late for some women.
Stop the Attacks
Make no mistake. Freedom is under attack. You may think the Texas Abortion ban law doesn’t affect you, but you’re wrong. If it stands, how much longer before some group will challenge freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble, or the right to vote? Oops, look at that. Some people already challenge the right of others to vote. Stop the attacks. Your freedom is at risk.