Texas Abortion Ban Violates Conservative Principles

Source: Town Hall
by Jacob Sullum

“The Texas ‘heartbeat’ bill that the Supreme Court declined to block last week is almost as restrictive as the Texas law that the Court overturned half a century ago in Roe v. Wade. The fact that it nevertheless took effect is a remarkable victory for the anti-abortion cause, made possible by an innovative enforcement mechanism that relies on private litigation. That victory, however, required embracing tactics that conservatives have long condemned. Senate Bill 8 invites lawsuits by financially incentivized plaintiffs who need not claim any personal injury, rigs the rules in their favor, establishes vague liability theories that threaten freedom of speech and offers a model for attacking other rights that the Supreme Court has said are protected by the Constitution.” (09/08/21)