Texas’s New Abortion Restrictions Are Cruel, Unusual, and Utterly Insane
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed into law new restrictions on abortions in the Lone Star State. Senate Bill 8 bans abortions after six weeks – the point at which fetal heartbeats typically become detectable – in all cases except for medical emergencies. There are no exceptions for rape or incest.
“Our creator endowed us with the right to life and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion,” Abbott said while his signature dried. Lawmakers “worked together on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill that I’m about to sign that ensures that the life of every unborn child who has a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion.”
That is quite a remarkable position for conservatives to have considering how hard they fight against protecting the lives of children who are already born, however, the most insidious component of Senate Bill 8 is to whom enforcement authority is granted. In a nutshell, it is a creepy “stand your ground” version of an abortion ban.
“Instead of having the government enforce the law, the bill turns the reins over to private citizens — who are newly empowered to sue abortion providers or anyone who helps someone get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat has been detected. The person would not have to be connected to someone who had an abortion or to a provider to sue,” The Texas Tribune reported. “Proponents of the new law hope to get around the legal challenges that have tied up abortion restrictions in the courts. While abortion providers typically sue the state to stop a restrictive abortion law from taking effect, there’s no state official enforcing Senate Bill 8 — so there’s no one to sue, the bill’s proponents say.”