How to mess with Texas’ anti-abortion bounty? Apply it to gun sales

How to mess with Texas' anti-abortion bounty? Apply it to gun sales

Abortion and gun control are two of the most controversial issues in our nation. The Supreme Court has ruled that most abortions are protected by the Constitution and that most private gun ownership is likewise protected. Roe v. Wade was decided by a 7-2 vote of the court’s justices: Heller v. District of Columbia, by a 5-4 vote . Now, Texas has devised a mechanism for effectively outlawing nearly all abortions by offering a $10,000 bounty to any citizen who sues an abortion provider or anyone else who aids or abets a girl or woman in obtaining an abortion after a heartbeat is detected in the fetus. This generally occurs at about six weeks into the pregnancy, when some who are pregnant don’t yet realize it. The Texas lawmakers who enacted the end-run around Roe understand that, under current Supreme Court precedent, a six-week pregnant girl or woman has an absolute constitutional right to an abortion and that if the state had merely outlawed all such abortions — made providers and facilitators subject to criminal penalties — the Supreme Court would almost certainly strike down such a direct affront to Roe . (A Mississippi law which prohibits most abortions after about 15 weeks is now before the high court ). So, instead, Texas seeks to deter those who would facilitate abortions after six weeks by threatening them with a civil lawsuit, brought not by the state but by private citizens. This tactic has produced an initial victory from five […]

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