Pro-lifers should not be afraid of winning. We should cheer Texas’s new law prohibiting abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, and we should rejoice as it saves lives and changes the culture.
It is understandable that some pro-life conservatives are worried. We have suffered many losses over the years, and it is easy to assume this victory must have a catch to it, perhaps lurking in a legal penumbra or leftist backlash.
But as Roger Severino explains, this law was a stroke of pro-life genius. It was crafted to be hard to litigate against, especially before it had gone into effect. Its opponents therefore struggled to mount a preemptive legal challenge, and the Supreme Court rightly permitted the law to go into effect.
The key was that that instead of tasking state officials with enforcement, the law allows private citizens to sue those who help a woman obtain an abortion after the fetus has a detectable heartbeat, except