President Biden authorized ‘whole-of-government’ response to TX abortion law

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Everyone is still reeling from the Supreme Court’s lack of action on Texas’s completely bonkers abortion law. Not only does the Texas law ban abortions after six weeks, it deputizes civilians into informing on people and suing people who “help” women seek or get abortions. The law is already causing chaos in Texas. Reproductive rights advocates believe that because SCOTUS let the law go through, there will be a new wave of anti-choice legislation at the state level. Throughout the week, too many people have been “blaming” President Biden. The same President Biden who has always supported women’s reproductive choices and supported pro-choice judges. I guess some people never think to blame the Texas mess on, you know, unhinged anti-abortion lobbyists, Texas Republicans, Donald Trump and his choices for SCOTUS justices and Mitch McConnell. Well, President Biden is trying to clean up the GOP’s mess:

President Joe Biden said Thursday he is launching a “whole-of-government” response to try to safeguard access to abortions in Texas after the Supreme Court’s decision not to block the state’s near-total ban on the procedure.

In a statement, Biden said he was directing the Office of the White House Counsel and his Gender Policy Council to involve the Health and Human Services Department and the Justice Department to evaluate what “legal tools we have to insulate women and providers from the impact of Texas’ bizarre scheme of outsourced enforcement to private parties.”

The law, known as Senate Bill 8, bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant, and has unique enforcement provisions allowing private citizens, rather than state officials, to sue abortion providers. The president called the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling overnight “an unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade” since the decision nearly 50 years ago.

“Complete strangers will now be empowered to inject themselves in the most private and personal health decisions faced by women,” Biden said. “This law is so extreme it does not even allow for exceptions in the case of rape or incest. And it not only empowers complete strangers to inject themselves into the most private of decisions made by a woman — it actually incentivizes them to do so with the prospect of $10,000 if they win their case.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a brief statement Thursday that his department “is deeply concerned about Texas SB 8. We are evaluating all options to protect the constitutional rights of women, including access to an abortion.”

The court’s majority, unsigned opinion said that while abortion providers “raised serious questions” about the law’s constitutionality, their arguments did not adequately address “complex and novel” procedural questions presented by the case. After the law went into effect, Democratic members of Congress renewed their calls for expanding the Supreme Court to defend Roe v. Wade and demanded passage of a bill that would codify those protections. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday she would bring the measure to the floor when lawmakers return from recess.

[From NBC News]

The fundamental issue is that there is no way to “unring the bell” of Trump’s appointment of three justices to the Supreme Court. Hillary Clinton told everyone this, she told everyone what was at stake in 2016, that the court is at stake, that Roe is at stake. And people were still screeching “but her emails!!” Anyway, I appreciate that the Biden administration is digging into this mess and that AG Garland will use his resources at Justice too. It’s not a perfect analogy, but the comparison is there: reproductive rights as the new Civil Rights movement, where abortion access might need to be federalized because the states are oppressing their own people.

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  1. CE says:

    I mean, it’s nice to have a president who I do believe represents my beliefs and also isn’t a complete turd. To be honest I’ve mentally detached from all of this, between the annual “extreme” weather which has now become the norm, to the people and policies put in place during the Trump administration, it ain’t looking good out here folks. I’m just glad I don’t have kids, and don’t live in a flood zone (yet)

    • goofpuff says:

      Yes, I mean its not Biden’s fault. The voters are the ones who put the MAGA Republicans in office by either voting Republican or not voting. Those two groups get the equal blame for this. Every time I hear someone whine – I go “did you vote?” 9 times out 10 it turns out they didn’t even bother to vote.

  2. Sigmund says:

    I worry about Roe v. Wade being overturned.

    Outlawing abortions doesn’t stop abortions, it just leads to illegal, unsafe ones. And I’m afraid we’re going to be reminded of that again, for those who have chosen to forget.

    • Relly says:

      My fear is not that they’ll overturn Roe — it’s that they’ll push through enough garbage like this that it becomes functionally dead.

    • Merricat says:

      Illegal, unsafe abortions for everyone except the rich, who will arrange abortions for their mistresses as they always have.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Everyone else will have to buy all the juvenile papayas they can get their hands on.

    • Me says:

      Roe is gone—we need to be worried about Griswold v. Connecticut—the next target for the loonies will be access to birth control. The forced birthers want white women to have no choice but to continue the pregnancy.

      My opinion, but part of push back should be tangential, I.e. punitive laws regarding child support and damages for the woman herself, in cases of rape and incest certainly, but also where a man is married and fooling around. The forced birthers will back off on abortion and birth control once they realize their finances could be effected and they could lose their assets.

      • Robyn says:

        A bill where all unmarried men must have a vasectomy until marriage and only then can our be reversed, oh… and no dick pills. Takes two to tango, f*ckers.

      • Suzy S says:

        And the men should be made to start paying into a fund for half the medical costs, emotional and psychological, as well as physical risks to the woman to be forced to carry the pregnancy to term… maybe half her costs for a therapist to help her through it. He should also have to start paying into half the costs for baby supplies and half her wages if she has to stop working and be on bed rest, or misses work due to illness from pregnancy. They want to force the responsibility on her from 6 weeks on, well then HE can also be on the line from 6 weeks on financially for half of everything, and a panel can determine an appropriate dollar value of the cost to her mentally and physically, especially if she is high risk.

        On average, 700 women a year die from complications in pregnancy or while delivering a child. And that doesn’t even touch on all the pain and nausea and other issues many women have to deal with during and after pregnancy. I was healthy and fit and in my late 20’s when I had my first child and I ended up having a complication and almost bled out after he was delivered. The surgeon actually told my husband that he couldn’t guarantee I’d survive surgery because I had lost so much blood. So shit happens, and you never know.

        I agree with Robyns comment, that with all the scientific knowledge and equipment we have today, clamping a young man from puberty onwards so he doesn’t pass any sperm until he is old enough to truly want kids and be responsible for them is probably the easiest and most sensible way to reduce unwanted pregnancies. If a woman has sex she can get pregnant and end up with an unwanted baby, but a man sleeps around and can impregnate tons of women and create a ton of unwanted babies, and often he then ends up not even helping support them financially or as a father raising their child.

        The reason we don’t focus on male reversable vasectomies as a priority to prevent pregnancy is because men don’t want it. They would much rather women take the burden of birth control and unwanted pregnancy and costs of raising the child while they walk away. It wouldn’t even have to be a true permanent cutting vasectomy, just clamps that prevent the sperm flow, and I bet with science now it could be a really simple procedure without any real side effects. Seems to me that’s a no-brainer, but I guarantee that all the anti-abortionists (and many are men who have no idea of how difficult and risky pregnancy can be) won’t want it and they will ALSO be against men having to pay money from six weeks onwards. Because it’s not about unborn babies and preventing abortion, it’s about controlling women and not wanting them out there having sex. They want to punish them for doing so. I’m surprised they don’t want to have SLUT tattooed on their foreheads as well. They probably would if they could.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      This essentially kills Roe v Wade. We can start mourning now.

      The evil genius of this bill is that it isn’t “the state” enforcing the law…it deputizes citizens. So the legal framework makes it nearly impossible to challenge. It will be replicated in many states.

      • goofpuff says:

        McCarthy era politics – Nazi fascism. Neighbors informing on neighbors where the Jews are hidden so they can be exterminated. Sounds about right for the Republican Party under Trump.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        I have so many feelings about this and none of them are good. Neighbors telling on neighbors. Texas wants to bring back the Salem Witch Trials.

    • Oyay Mami says:

      Tx- where covid has more reproductive rights than Women

  3. lanne says:

    It’s not just about abortion access. It’s about access to birth control for any health reason. It’s about body autonomy for women. If the GQP has its way, women will be jailed for having miscarriages, will be poisoned by dead or unviable fetuses that are not allowed to be removed, will die from ectopic pregnancies that won’t be able to be treated. Women will die from sepsis and be forbidden from crossing state lines to get medical care in other states. Women will be denied birth control prescriptions for heavy periods, denied access to Plan B, denied treatment for fibroids and endometriosis.

    • Susan says:

      It’s true, @Ianne. My sister was having a partial hysterectomy and was turned away because her pre surgical blood work showed HCG, a “growth” indicator (what is shown in urine and blood in pregnancy.) Everyone in her red state/church affiliated hospital were immediately HANDS OFF because PREGNANCY and they didn’t want to be associated with abortion (recent aggressive law passed not unlike Texas). Never mind she was 52, hadn’t had sex in months, and there was no baby in the uterus (ultrasound). Long story short, HCG is also an indicator of TUMOR growth and after a long and arduous process it was determined it was cancer, not this phantom baby. She was denied proper care repeatedly by many health care providers out of fear of dealing with a possible “spontaneous abortion,” also less formally known as miscarriage. The cancer was fast growing and metastasized. She’s gone as a result. These new laws have implications that are much more far reaching than even birth control. It’s terrifying.

      • Annetommy says:

        That’s a really awful story Susan, your poor sister. So sorry for your loss.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Susan, I am so sorry that happened to your sister. What tragedy. Thank you for sharing the pain your family suffered to educate us on the implications of these kinds of laws.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Susan, this is awful and I am so terribly sorry that your sister suffered so much from lack of implications.
        I am so sorry that you lost your sister, and I extend my sympathies to your family and loved ones as well.

      • wanderingBy says:

        I’m so sorry, that’s horrifying and so, so sad. Losing a sibling at all is awful. But for a reason like this? It never should have happened.

      • Delilah says:

        Sorry for your loss Susan. That is tragic and outrageous what your sister and family endured. This is one of the unique scenarios that is missing from a FB/social media post that’s circulating in support of pro-choice which is being equated to “pro-woman”.

        Ppl needed to be educated to truly know how women like your sister or her story exists. I am just so so sorry. I hope her death is not in vain. I hope we as a society will band together in protest of this awful precedent that will only mean more losses like your sister. Well wishes to your family.

      • nicegirl says:

        I’m so sorry for your loss, Susan

  4. Merricat says:

    Let Texas leave the Union. Give passage to people who want to move. Encourage all the right-wing crazies to live there, since it’s so big and all. Finally, give them their wall, but put it between Texas and the rest of the U.S.
    I may have woken up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      I totally feel that way at times, but this isn’t all Texans and frankly, the TX legislature’s suppression of voting rights at the same time that they are passing these laws is not a coincidence at all!

      • pottymouth pup says:

        Texas is actually fairly blue but the GOP has done such an amazing job gerrymandering you wouldn’t know it. I hate to say it but my hope lies in Republican voters dying or having other poor outcomes so that all those barriers to voting they supported putting in place end up biting them in the ass, and a net outcome of rational people being able to overcome all the gerrymandering & voter suppression to take control of the state

    • Nicole says:

      I promise, it’s not all of us. In fact, I was a red voter turned now blue. The atrocities of the past 5 years have been so oppressive and dangerous. I’m done with these a$$holes and that even includes members of my own family.

    • Merricat says:

      I apologize to our Texan Celebitches. I really did wake up cranky.

      • Mcmmom says:

        It’s ok Merricat, we get it. I live in a little blue bubble in Houston and it’s the only thing keeping me sane.

    • LBB says:

      The majority of Texans are not for this law or even for Abbott, we have just suppressed the vote so much that it rigs the system. Do get me wrong, there are a ton of assholes here but the GOP is running scared to be voted out which leads to even more suppression laws. I walk around with a lump in my stomach over the laws here.

    • terra says:

      As a Texan, don’t think I have had this thought many times myself.

      • terra says:

        Correction: “As a Texan, don’t think I haven’t had this thought many times myself.”

        (Ugh. In my defense, my A/C is out and this *is* Texas. I can’t think when I’m overheated.)

    • Marigold says:

      We don’t want to leave the Union and I really hate it when people say that. There are many, many liberals doing everything we can to turn the state blue or at least purple. Women are suffering in this state due to horrific leadership and conservative small towns.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      My MIL is from Illinois, and she was never political but leaned democrat. Then she moved to Texas 2 years ago, and she ended up voting for Trump and spewing right-wing talking points.

      I feel so let down by her, because this is someone I have known for years and truly thought she had a compassionate heart. Her son and I mourn the woman she used to be, and constantly ponder if she is still reachable.

  5. ThEHufflepuffLizLemon says:

    This law enrages me on so many levels. I’m up for an AMAZING promotion, but the caveat? It requires relocation to TX, and that hurts… I’m never going to need to terminate a pregnancy or seek this particular healthcare support (hysterectomy for the win), but EVERY woman should be able to handle their own private, medical issues without private citizens acting as a deputized police state.

    My intention if I move is to sign up for a way to confidentially support women going to Planned Parenthood in other states. Rich women will always have access, but this law targets and punishes poor women who need healthcare and don’t have the resources to leave the state.

    • lemon8 says:

      I just moved back to Texas after living in NY for many years. Part of me is doubting the decision due to the politics here, but the other part of me is more than happy to bring my blue vote here and make a difference. This state is purple, and has the potential to turn blue at some point. Or, I have to believe that!

      • ThEHufflepuffLizLemon says:

        I moved to GA a few years ago for my last promotion and we were so excited when it flipped-fingers crossed we can bring the magic again.

    • Bookie says:

      Work to turn TX blue. Support Beto. Help women in need.

      Enjoy your promotion! We need more people like you to move to TX.

    • Gemgirlaaa says:

      I’m stuck here too! Helping family with no near end in sight. Dog murders, forced births, gerrymandering. The Texas Taliban looms large in the c*nties dominating all the state branches. NPR suggested the Lilith Fund and the ACLU for donations to help this morning. I don’t even know anymore. I can’t say what actions I may consider taking without the concern of a lawsuit. It’s enough to make your brain explode with anger.

      Also Nancy Pelosi is the OG!!!! Ha! Suck it haters. (Yes, also very mad -if not obvious)

    • Kristin says:

      I moved to TX from NYC about 10 years ago (boyfriend is from Dallas) and in many ways it surprised me how blue the cities are here. I know the suburbs around Dallas aren’t the same as Dallas itself and I see way more MAGAts than I would have in NYC, but in many ways I figure it’s probably good for me to be confronted with the reality that a chunk of this country is made up of these hateful idiots. TX politics are maddening and frustrating and you will yell and scream and be embarrassed regularly, but at the same time there are a huge number of people here (likely even a legitimate majority) who feel like we all do and yet our representation is incredibly skewed because of gerrymandering and the way the GOP has rigged the system. So all that to say, I understand your hesitation, but the more of us we have here helping fight for the true heart of the state, the better. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to report the wives of Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton, and Lance Gooden (who you may not have heard of, but is a house rep and HORRIBLE excuse for a human being – I got on his mailing list after sending him an email telling him he sucked, and you would not believe the garbage he sends out on the regular) for having abortions.

  6. janey janey says:

    Now is a good time to retire Breyer.

    • Mireille says:

      It’s also a good time to investigate Kavanaugh and (former Justice) Kennedy’s finances. Also, let’s reevaluate Amy Coney Barrett and her lack of experience and credentials to serve. Or better yet let’s pack the Supreme Court and nominate Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama to the bench, because I am so damn tired of playing nice and fair with these fucking Republicans.

    • Mac says:

      Now is a good time to expand the court.

  7. Megan says:

    I realize everyone here knows this but I’m just so angry that it needs to be stated: women do not get pregnant on their own. How are the sperm donors punished with this law? Conveniently they are not.

    • Christine says:

      Because republican men want to control women’s bodies, not be responsible for them.

      • Mac says:

        Republican men and women want to appease their evangelical base. They could care less who they hurt in the process.

    • LBB says:

      Because this is a fight against women.

    • EliseM says:

      So, my question is this: Now that abortion is illegal in Tex-a$$ when are they going to make it illegal for the men who leave these woman pregnant?

    • Naomi says:

      Parenthood is easy to prove nowadays via DNA. So this is a nightmare for men, too. They will have to share the cost of these unplanned pregnancies, by paying child support.

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        Do you think legislators like this will support any kind of enforcement mechanism?

  8. HeatherC says:

    I don’t understand how SCOTUS didn’t address this law. It is so overreaching that an uber driver can be sued. What about mass transit? Like if a bus driver makes a stop within walking distance of a clinic and a woman gets off the bus, then goes to that clinic, can the driver be sued? Does this mean also the public sector can be sued for providing that mass transit?

    It’s the parts like this that would be freaking easy to go after that would at least delay the act from hitting the official books until some fire could be brought to the most objectionable part of it.

    We need to expand the court (USSC) and expand it now.

  9. OriginalLala says:

    Watching our reproductive rights turn backwards a little bit every year, it’s horrifying. As a Canadian woman, what can I do to help- donations, letters writing , etc????

    • Robyn says:

      We have to fight in our own backyards too. Fight like hell against Con and PPC candidates in your riding. Keep the Conservatives from forming a govt on September 20. (Not saying you aren’t! It’s just what I’m thinking about as Canada is taking a right turn)

      • OriginalLala says:

        oh yes, I’m 100% fighting against the CONS and the PPC this election, the polls are very worrying – how are so many Canadians buying the shit O’Toole is selling?

  10. Tootsie McJingle says:

    This bill is horrifying. As far as I can tell (and please correct me if I’m wrong!), there are no exceptions for rape or incest. Now that is just straight up punishing women for being women.

    • M says:

      Correct. Only “medical exceptions” but I’m not sure what qualifies and if proof is required. It’s certainly detrimental to a woman’s mental health to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, but somehow I don’t think that will be one of the exceptions.

      • Sal says:

        And will the burden be on the woman to prove to some stranger that her abortion is medically necessary? Would she have to produce medical records in court? It’s so sick.

  11. M says:

    I live in Louisiana, a state with its own jacked up abortion laws because Catholics/Baptists/Evangelicals. We have one of the last clinics in the state, and every time I drive by there are people protesting, usually dragging their children into it. It enrages me. I usually honk, flip them off, and/or yell something like “my body, my choice.” I am clearly in a minority here, BUT I was shocked that my sister and all the women I work with are angry as hell about this law too. Sometimes people get pushed too far, y’know?

    • Kelly says:

      As someone who grew up in a Catholic family, I feel for those kids. The one upside was that my late mother was pro-choice and was the parental contact for our schools, including the Catholic school we attended. She refused to sign permission slips for “field trips” to go protest at abortion clinics. She would instead take us out of school that day to go to museums or zoos, something that was actually educational and would have been a normal field trip.

    • Naomi says:

      I have known many Republican women who were pro-choice. They were looking forward to the empty nest and didn’t want to spend the next twenty years helping to raise their teenage daughter’s unplanned children (sorry couldn’t think of a better way to word that).

  12. Beck says:

    What absolutely kills me is these people (Republicans) are having meltdowns about wearing masks but they are fine with the government telling you what to do with your body. They are okay with controlling women’s bodies.

    Does anyone think any man would be okay if vasectomies were outlawed? Hell no. It would never happen.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      It’s “my body, my choice; your body, also my choice.” The irony/hypocrisy completely lost.

  13. Asking for a friend says:

    In addition to how horrific it is for reproductive rights, this is also a white male establishment power grab. Limit abortion and effectively limit the ability of poorer women to have time for things like, let’s say navigating voter suppression roles and voting. It will take them out of the voting population and they would likely vote Democrat.

    • ClaireB says:

      Yes, this is a double suppression opportunity. Keep the women down and keep them and their unwanted children poor so they never have the education, energy, or opportunity to change things.

  14. Kate says:

    Can someone please explain very simply, how the high court decided to keep this as a good piece of legislation? This is just crazy.

    • Katherine says:

      They basically stated it’s too procedurally complex and still needs to be worked out in lower courts. Which isn’t a totally out of the ordinary assertion for them to make. But normally laws in question would be stayed (halted from going into effect) while that lower court litigation unfolds. Robert’s dissent is basically only about this, if we’re punting it back to lower courts then we need to stop it for the time that is happening because that’s what we normally do from a procedural standpoint (trust he could give a damn about women’s rights he just loves to hold up the consistency of the court) The 3 liberals basically made the point ok but we’re allowing an unconstitutional situation to exist in Texas while it’s being litigated and that’s insane. The conservative 5 in the majority, despite briefly stating this isn’t intended to be a judgment on the merits/constitutionality of the law, clearly aren’t bothered that much about that question because they’re letting it be in effect and impacting people for the time being. Which is tremendously bad news going into a year of more abortion jurisprudence. And they’ve basically softly greenlit the Texas legislation for other states to try. It’s very very bad.

      I realize maybe not so simple explanation I’m sorry! But it has a few loving pieces.

  15. Sal says:

    There must be a way to withhold federal funding for states that use vigilante justice.

    These idiots are fighting government mask mandates for being intrusive and taking away their rights, yet they are fine with government forced pregnancy. It’s a sickness.

  16. CooCooCatchoo says:

    Does this mean that anyone who transports a Texan over state lines to get an abortion can be arrested? It kinda sounds like it to me. Can the state even legislate that?
    I am so freaking pissed off about this ruling I could spit nails.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      It would be a civil action, not a criminal one. But yes, anyone who helped someone get an abortion could be sued, have to hire an attorney, etc. Even a husband taking his wife to get treatment for a miscarriage could be sued & have to pay $10k if he didn’t “prove” his wife had a miscarriage.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        And if the husband eventually proves his innocence, that he didn’t help anyone get an abortion…he will still have to pay his own court costs after being falsely accused. It is a horrible, messed up law.

  17. Heat says:

    Here’s what infuriates me about Texas, and their “concern” about THE CHILDREN:
    Of all States, Texas ranks 50th for kids’ health & access to health care. They rank 45th in kids’ nutrition, physical activity & obesity. They rank 42nd in kids’ oral health. 32nd in kids’ economic well-being. 30th in kids’ education. And 47th in family & community well-being.

    So this tells me that Texas has very little interest in their children after they leave the womb. They only care about controlling womens’ choices about their bodies.

  18. Bazy says:

    One thing I’m not seeing mention of: people are assuming you’ll only get sued for getting an actual abortion. There’s nothing here that I’m seeing that prevents a woman getting follow up procedures from a miscarriage (which can often be similar or the same as those needed for an elective abortion) from being sued by their vigilante, now $10K incentivized busybody neighbor who is suspicious that maybe it was actually an abortion. Sure, there will be medical records to show it wasn’t an abortion, but now women may have to litigate their miscarriages in court too?

    • Notsoanonymous says:

      All of this. I had an incomplete miscarriage where I received numerous doctor appointments as well as an injection that would have been outlawed here. I found out that my pregnancy wasn’t viable any longer at 9 weeks and I wasn’t ‘complete’ until 13 weeks, only after receiving that final injection.

      Also, 100% of my medical records are coded as abortion because that’s exactly what it is.

      • Robyn says:

        Me too. Two rounds of MTX and a D&C, which would get me arrested or sued by a stranger for trying to *checks notes* NOT DIE.

  19. Dme says:

    Ironic that Republicans are against social assistance, yet with more babies born, who’s going to pay for all these children to mothers who cannot afford or want to raise them?

  20. Cecil says:

    And, as an aside, there’s a reason that the Voting Rights Act was gutted first. As other commenters have stated, EVERYONE seems to be upset about this, but it does no good if the right to vote is restricted or so onerous as to be exclusionary. As a woman from the South, this is incredibly important. My state has been trying by hook or by crook to limit the vote (to “protect” the vote, naturally, even though the only voter fraud is accidental or committed by Republicans). Previously, we were covered by the VRA and laws had to have preclearance. Since that was gutted (thanks, SCOTUS!), there have been several limiting laws passed with the functional goal of suppressing the vote of people who would care about things like this.

    So the response of “Just vote them out in the next election!” doesn’t really have much traction. I understand why the infrastructure bill is important, but we need a new VRA so desperately!! And then a federal law making the right to an abortion legal, so we don’t have to depend on SCOTUS rulings and unelected life-time appointees.

  21. LBB says:

    So, I am a Texan. I do live in Austin, but still. I have a question about how this law and HIPAA laws can coexist?

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      My understanding is that any random person would be able to file a civil suit against the person they suspected of having (or facilitating) an abortion. The burden would then be on the defendant to prove otherwise. So if you’d had a miscarriage, for instance, you would be more or less forced to make public your own medical records or have to pony up $10k to your accuser.

    • Veronica S. says:

      It shouldn’t. They just don’t consider women people, so their rights and autonomy are negligible.

  22. psl says:

    I have been agitated for 3 days now. I cannot believe this is actually happening. In 2021.

  23. Gil says:

    This is really infuriating. Anyone in the country can rat a woman making a choice over her own body. Even the Sarah Palins living in Alaska can rat you and get the 10,000 usd. Seriously this shit is from “The Handmaids Tale” .

  24. FancyHat says:

    I wonder what it will take for women to finally have enough and fight back in big enough numbers to matter. It just seems that most of us just can’t be bothered

  25. psl says:

    Maybe all the women in Texas should take advantage of not needing a permit for a gun……that state is just so BACKWARDS and Florida is next…..

  26. Beech says:

    I was a young woman January 22 1973. The so called pro lifers played the long game. I remember when my little town, many years ago, had a Planned Parenthood and at some point didn’t. I’m furious. Years ago, many years ago I took a friend to get an abortion in another state, a 45 minute drive from our state. It was interesting to see all the women in the waiting room, ages spanned years. I knew the receptionist and she spoke about the pro lifers’ goal of packing the Supreme Court. I’m sickened by this. Batten down the hatches, roll up your sleeves, everyone.

  27. jferber says:

    Somehow guns will enter all this because it’s Texas.

  28. iconoclast59 says:

    So women of reproductive age in Texas can fall prey to a Stasi-like network of informants ready and willing to make their life hell.

    And not just them. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation points out, “The law creates a cadre of bounty hunters who can use the courts to punish and silence anyone whose online advocacy, education, and other speech about abortion draws their ire. It will undoubtedly lead to a torrent of private lawsuits against online speakers who publish information about abortion rights and access in Texas, with little regard for the merits of those lawsuits or the First Amendment protections accorded to the speech. Individuals and organizations providing basic educational resources, sharing information, identifying locations of clinics, arranging rides and escorts, fundraising to support reproductive rights, or simply encouraging women to consider all their options—now have to consider the risk that they might be sued for merely speaking. The result will be a chilling effect on speech and a litigation cudgel that will be used to silence those who seek to give women truthful information about their reproductive options.” (Link:

    Extreme measures call for extreme response. Time to implement a modern-day Lysistrata. Men in Texas DON’T GET ANY until this horrible law is repealed.

  29. Lightpurple says:

    My family members in Texas, who are trying to turn it purple, if not completely blue, are encouraging one and all to “join the team” and file reports, several times a day, every day, in order to crash the reporting mechanism. People have been posting recipes, song lyrics, poetry in the reporting sections as well as reporting all the politicians responsible. All our family pets have “joined the team.” People have been getting really creative and those idiots in TX will have to sort through it all.

    • olliesmom says:

      This is genius. They will HAVE TO process every one of them. They think that they are smart but they aren’t

      When I clicked on the link it too me to GO DADDY (I didn’t go any further today). There is some real irony somehow there!

      • SomeChick says:

        good work! the site is down.

        I read that it had been getting a ton of spam “reports” and that godaddy shut it down. it will be interesting to see what happens next in this area.

  30. so says:

    This is horrifying.
    Weaponized religion is truly a cancer, in the USA as well as in the middle east.

  31. The Recluse says:

    Keep an eye on your local civic governments and school boards. These right wingers are trying to take them over too, especially the schools because they want to dumb them down, turn the children into christo-fascists and spend that public money of which there is a lot on their projects and goals, generally not for the common good.
    I was on Twitter last night and people were spamming the he!! out of those sites that ‘good citizens’ were supposed to be using to report people. It was awesome.

    • Shannon says:

      That is the key…voting in local elections. Most people DO NOT pay attention to off year elections or to the lower ballot on presidential and gubernatorial elections. That’s why the phrase is vote blue down the line. Every Democrat needs to work HARD in Texas and other states to vote every single election and pay attention to the candidates. All of these problems start at the local level. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, take your children to vote, indoctrinate (I don’t like using that word but it’s the best I can do right now) the need to vote in them, teach them and teach them civics because the red schools aren’t. Vote for dog catcher, school board, PTA President, anything and everything that from the ground up affects you and your family now and in the future. Finally, people can move out of blue areas to red areas and affect the vote. If enough People move (and since many people can work from anywhere) move as large concerted groups to a red area and see the change. Someone else said in this site that the pro lifers played the long game and they did. Democrats haven’t done that as we have been too busy making things right for everyone, that we took our eyes off the other side. Notice how Republicans almost never criticize each other in public. They stick together with their common, evil plans. Democrats need to be more like them.

      Sorry for the rant but I’m tired of hearing the complaints and anger which is justified, on websites but rarely after they directed to sites that matter to Republicans.

  32. Barbie1 says:

    Fucking right wing lunatics. They have to be stopped somehow. Biden and co must get together, get creative and do something before we lose everything.

  33. Veronica S. says:

    My very blunt feelings is that more of stuff is coming down the line with a conservative SCOTUS and predominantly conservative federal circuit, and people need to seriously consider getting out of the hard red states. We can sit here having all the debates we want about the fairness of that kind of brutal pragmatism, but the die was cast when Trump won in 2016. They have the power now. For better or worse, states rights are going to be the only protection you have against some of those decisions coming down, and that means getting into states with governments that respect basic rights. My family left the South years ago, and we haven’t been back for a reason.

    As far as I’m concerned, I will not pay state income tax to any place that does not respect my autonomy as a woman or member of the LGBT+ community. Period, end of story. It is as simple as that to me. That is the line I have drawn for myself. I do not vacation to or buy products from red states with regressive laws. The state I live in is purple now, but if it slides any further into red, I will pack up my shit and go. Hell, I’ll leave it all behind and crawl through broken glass if it gets to the point of life or death. At some point, you have to decide if you’re going to feed the beast or help starve it.

    • Ann says:

      Texas doesn’t have a state income tax. BUT we live in Houston (most of the year) and I told my husband I really want to get out. He is a straight white man who has skin in the game and has for a long time, and he doesn’t think this will hold for the very reasons people have stated…..economic ones. We have had a strong economy and a lot of people moving here and no one wants that to stop. Follow the money.

      I know people who tend to vote Republican and none of them like this law. Granted, they’re not rabid Trumpers or anything. I don’t know what is going to happen but he says we will have to hold tight for a while and see how it falls out. And my son just started law school here, damnit. I told him he and his GF better double up on the birth control now. He said they’re not even in the mood any more.

  34. Naomi says:

    Tourists need to boycott Texas. Women need to insist that their companies not hold conventions there. Money is the only thing these legislators respect.

    Also, more liberal people need to run for office!! It’s not easy, but can be done.

    • Robyn says:

      Cis straight men need to flex their muscles at work this way as well. They need to get in the goddamn game because the women in their lives are going to start dying.

  35. Greta G. says:

    It’s time for the President to add members to the Supreme Court. It can be done. It must be done.

  36. T says:

    If only there were a law that controlled when and how often men ejaculate…then maybe these a*#hats would start to get the point of “my body, my choice.”

  37. Rise & Shine says:

    This is such a terrible time. Between this and the gun laws, voting rights changing, it is, truly one of the few times in my life I am totally nonplussed….and speechless. Thank you to all here for your insights and sharing them so articulately. Trust me, one by one these Trumpies and vast majority of Republicans are taking away all of our rights. Women, people of color or different ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations etc. We are in trouble and I am getting ready to write, vote, and do everything I can. And I am so really thankful to you all here. Seriously. And yeah, thank you President Biden, and come on all we can do this! We must. LOVE.

  38. The Other Katherine says:

    Until his “whole of government response” includes:
    (a) Expanding the Supreme Court and the appellate courts, to counterbalance the court-packing that already took place under Trump, thanks to McConnell blockading judicial nominees under Obama, and under Bush Jr., who effectively stole the 2000 election; and
    (b) Strong-arming Schumer to strip Manchin and Sinema of committee assignments, and ensuring that they are treated like complete pariahs by every Democratic office holder who wants to stay in the party, until those two agree to kill the legislative filibuster,
    I’m going to remain furious.

    We did not vote Democrats into the presidency and control of BOTH houses of Congress so that they could tell us how it’s too hard to take bold action, and how made-up rules THAT THEY HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE mean that the Republicans WE DID NOT VOTE FOR are going to keep right on running everything. F*** that. To paraphrase Sen. Warren, we didn’t vote them into office to tell us everything they CAN’T do. Nibbling around the edges with HHS and DoJ looking for ways to ameliorate the situation in Texas is fine as far as it goes, but it is nowhere near enough.

    Pack the court. Kill the filibuster. Swing for the fences. Get used to USING POWER. Save our democracy. No one else is going to do it.

  39. FilmTurtle says:

    If you live in California, PLEASE VOTE, or we’ll have more of this f**kery. No one particularly likes Gavin Newsom, but if he is recalled, we’ll have a right-wing fascist with a LOT of power.