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How the Texas abortion law could lead to rollbacks of LGBTQ rights


May 21, 2019: Pro-choice activists protest on the steps of the Supreme Court after states sought to pass restrictive “heart beat” abortion laws. Photo: Shutterstock On September 1, Texas’s S.B. 8 – which the Texas state legislature passed and the governor signed – went into effect, banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. That’s a moment before many women are even aware they are pregnant.

It’s not the same as other abortion bans, and the key difference could put LGBTQ rights in jeopardy as well.

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The law stands in direct violation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade which protects a woman’s right to choose, but found a novel way to circumvent that precedent.

Instead of making the government the enforcer as most laws do, S.B. 8 empowers private citizens – not only residents of Texas but potentially anyone anywhere in the country – to sue women who seek an abortion in Texas, along with anybody who assists them, like driving them to a reproductive health clinic or paying for the procedure.

This led to the Supreme Court’s conservative justices refusing to enforce Roe […]

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