When Texas passed this law, everyone said “countdown to a federal judge ruling it illegal.”
Who knew it would happen so quickly?
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., calling it an “offensive deprivation” of a constitutional right by banning most abortions in the nation’s second-most populous state since September.
The order by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman is the first legal blow to the Texas law known as Senate Bill 8, which until now had withstood a wave of early challenges. In the weeks since the restrictions took effect, Texas abortion providers say the impact has been “exactly what we feared.”
In a 113-page opinion, Pitman took Texas to task over the law, saying Republican lawmakers had “contrived an unprecedented and transparent statutory scheme” by leaving enforcement solely in the hands of private citizens, who are entitled to collect $10,000 in damages if they bring successful lawsuits against abortion providers who violate the restrictions.
The law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, prohibits abortions once cardiac activity is detected, which is usually around six weeks, before some women even know they are pregnant.
“From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution,” wrote Pitman, who was appointed to the bench by former President Barack Obama.
“That other courts may find a way to avoid this conclusion is theirs to decide; this Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right.”
To be fair, the point of the law was to get it ruled against by a judge, which would then result in it getting pushed up to the Supreme Court, which conservatives think will overturn Roe v. Wade based on its current supposedly conservative makeup.
The conversation is largely pointless, given the general state of everything else in this country.
If the court overturns Roe, it will just create this massive, endless distraction, and will not actually result in fewer abortions.
— TennisBuff (@MichaelPWealth) October 7, 2021
While we resist and persist, I'll take the joys and triumphs we can. We celebrate today, we're back to work tomorrow. We got this, abortion isn't going anywhere. And it's our power as a community of rights-conscious people that will keep it safe and accessible. ✌️
— Alistair SM J 🌈 ♿ (@Essem_Jay) October 7, 2021
I’ve been seeing this phase a lot, so conservatives can probably relate to it. Abortion “is the law of the land, if you don’t like it, leave”. Did I do it right?
— Jake (@JakeDPowers) October 7, 2021
Frankly, abortion laws don’t matter anyway at this point, because the unvaxed don’t want abortions, and the vaxed can’t get pregnant.
Not trying to rain on anyone’s Crusade here. The whole thing just really feels like an organized distraction.
Governor Cripple is distracting from his open border, and if the Democrats don’t have some patriarchy boogieman to fight, their whole operation implodes in on itself.
The feds have already said they will disregard any SCOTUS ruling they don’t like. But they would like a Roe ban, as it would distract the masses of fickle goyim.