EDITOR’S NOTE: & nbspEvery week we post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column on WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.
AAfter the Supreme Court refused to block Texas’s extreme new abortion ban last week, Senate judge Sonia Sotomayor wrote Bill 8 (S.B. 8). a crushing contradiction: “The law is a breathtaking act of defiance – the Constitution, the precedents of this court, and the rights of women seeking abortions across Texas.”
And it was. S. B. 8, the Prohibits all abortions only six weeks after the onset of pregnancy, effectively ended Roe versus Wade in the state. Since many people realize they are pregnant after six weeks, more than 85 percent of Texas, abortions take place after this time. So Republicans – who have spent the past year crying “my body, my choice” in response to Covid-19 prevention strategies – are throwing this out the window, arguing that tens of thousands of people endure the trauma of forced birth.
The law is not just an act of breathtaking defiance, however. It is also a product of careful planning.
Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.