Abortion, voting right, guns and covid: Texas Republicans go all in

It was only a year ago when the talk about Texas was whether it was about to turn blue in the presidential race, as polls indicated a closer-than-expected contest between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Today the talk is over the lengths to which Texas Republicans have gone to stretch the boundaries of conservative governance. Texas now has in place the most restrictive abortion law in the nation: one that bans abortions, with no exception for rape or incest, as early as the sixth week in a pregnancy. The law also empowers citizens to sue those who perform an abortion or anyone who “aids and abets” the procedure. Those who sue successfully can receive $10,000. The law was deliberately written to make constitutional challenges more difficult . Republicans in other states are taking note . In a 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court allowed the law to take effect, virtually shutting down access to legal abortions in the state; the impact of which will fall more heavily on low-income women and women of color. When the abortion bill passed the Texas House and Senate, not a single Republican opposed it. One House Democrat and one Senate Democrat joined the GOP majorities. The abortion law went into effect during a week in which the Texas legislature passed a law restricting voting rights in the state. The bill curbs some of the practices that were implemented during the 2020 election, such as 24-hour voting and use of drive-through polls. It came after […]

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