The Taliban has now resurfaced in Texas, thanks to a fascist Supreme Court that has allowed an illegitimate Texas abortion law to pass, overturning 50 years of precedent. As of September 1, this misbegotten law bans abortions after six weeks, before most women even know they are pregnant. The Supreme Court has ultimately allowed Roe v. Wade to fall in the state of Texas. There'd be no difference - let us note - if the Taliban had actually taken over Texas.
As Janice put it, what we are seeing is the rise of a theocracy in Texas, that even the odious Taliban would be proud of. And behold the Supreme Court have become the accomplices of this Texas Taliban by not blocking a "law" that clearly violates the Constitution.
It gets worse: This law is designed to permit any individual or organization in the country to sue Texans who help people access abortion care. States are usually responsible for enforcing anti-abortion laws, but S.B. 8 was written to rely on individuals to enforce the law in an attempt to shield it from the federal courts and questions of its constitutionality.
S.B. 8 puts a $10,000 bounty on anyone that helps someone obtain an abortion in Texas, including doctors who provide care, counselors and clergy members, family, friends or even rideshare drivers. Thus, anyone can be "deputized" as an instant enforcer or vigilante. Thus, given the law is supposed to be enforced by everyday citizens, there’s no single Texas official whom abortion rights advocates can sue to block the law, as they typically would in such cases.
We are already hearing that clinics in Texas have canceled appointments, leaving people with few options but to travel outside of the state to receive care -- if they can even do that. Again, little difference - other than possible beheading of abortion providers- had the actual Taliban moved into the Lone Star state and took over.