Abortion activists, providers, and supporters filed a lawsuit Tuesday directed at a Texas law that would allow citizens to sue individuals who are involved in certain illegal abortions.
The lawsuit is focused on S.B. 8, a bill that was signed into law by Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott earlier this year. A press release by the Center for Productive Rights claims that the law, which would ban most abortions around six weeks of pregnancy, “blatantly violates Texans’ constitutional right to privacy and liberty as established by Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years ago.”
The release also focused on the rights of “abortion providers and supporters, including their right to equal protection under the law, and their First Amendment rights to free speech and access to the courts.” It noted that if the law goes into effect, abortion providers, staff at clinics, and abortion funds could be hit with multiple lawsuits that might eventually make them close down their services.
The law noted that “[a]ny person,