The Texas abortion law provides a blueprint for bans on speech, guns

The Texas abortion law provides a blueprint for bans on speech, guns

Roe v. Wade is an awful Supreme Court ruling. Roe and the string of rulings that have followed upholding the original don’t even attempt to be serious constitutional law or have a consistent justification for defending abortion rights. Nonetheless, in allowing a Texas law that stops abortions at about six weeks to go into effect, the Supreme Court has made a grave error that puts more than the right to abortion at risk. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court let a legal drafting trick block them from reviewing the law before it is enforced against what the Supreme Court has ruled is a constitutional right. The Texas ploy is to deputize everyone to enforce its law through up to $10,000 private lawsuits instead of authorizing government officials to enforce it. Last week, the Supreme Court essentially ruled that abortion advocates can’t stop every Texan from filing a lawsuit before they act, nor can it block Texas judges from hearing those suits. The problem is that there is nothing about this scheme that limits its application to abortion. As Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his dissent to the court’s conservative 5-4 majority, it could be a “ model for action in other areas .” Gun rights could be lost next What does Roberts mean? Well, imagine the Democratic supermajority in the California Legislature wanted to throw out the First Amendment to make sure that Gov. Gavin Newsom survived his recall election. They would just have […]

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