Pro-abortion activists lose their minds over Texas 'heartbeat' bill

The Texas Heartbeat Act, or SB8, bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeats can be detected, which usually occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

In response to the United States Supreme Court's decision not to block the Texas Heartbeat Act, pro-abortion activists and pundits lost their minds on Twitter and demanded civil disobedience, as well as the right to selective abortion.

Black Lives Matter activist Bree Newsome called for people to "engage in mass civil disobedience" over the passing of the law, adding that "we've never secured rights or freedoms by solely relying on the laws as they exist."

The Texas Heartbeat Act, or SB8, bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeats can be detected, which usually occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy. It also allows civil lawsuits to be brought against those that perform or aid in abortions, like doctors or donors.

In the Supreme Court's ruling, the Justices noted the odd fact that the state itself would not be enforcing the law, rather these citizens would be the ones doing it.

"The State has represented that neither it nor its executive employees possess the authority to enforce the Texas law either directly or indirectly," states Sotomayor's dissent.

Author Majid M. Padellan noted that a website has been set up to anonymously send in tips about those that break this law, requesting that people go crash the website with false information.

Richard Hanania, president of The Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, made note of the rate of abortions post-Down Syndrome diagnosis of a fetus and how this diagnosis doesn't usually come before the tenth week. He also questioned what sort of spike Texas would see in babies born with Down Syndrome in the wake of this law being passed. Iceland has nearly eliminated abortion through selective abortion.

Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis said she is "mourning" and angry following the Supreme Court's ruling.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used the ruling to advocate once again for the banning of filibustering, a tactic which House Democrats themselves have used in the past.

President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Sherrilyn Ifill wrote that the law's use of civilian lawsuits would be similar to voter intimidation, and part of "what could not be accomplished by regular channels of democratic engagement."

A transgender woman by the name of Madeline Maye wrote that despite being a trans woman, the law still affects her despite biologically not being able to get pregnant.


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