The Republican attorney who wrote Texas’ anti-abortion law has some thoughts about women, where they belong, and how they should prevent themselves from becoming pregnant.
Former Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell wrote the anti-abortion law that bans the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy when women don’t even know they are pregnant yet. The law also turns anti-abortion fanatics into bounty hunters who can sue abortion providers or anyone who helps a woman obtain one for a $10,000 payday.
The Supreme Court wrongfully allowed the draconian law to take effect, effectively banning abortion in Texas, and other red states will likely pass similar laws. Justice Sonia Sotomayor ripped the five conservative judges on the high court who backed the unconstitutional law, and the Supreme Court has suffered decreased popularity since the ruling, much to Clarence Thomas’ and Amy Coney Barrett’s chagrin.
In a brief presented in the Supreme Court, Mitchell literally argued that women should practice abstinence before marriage to prevent pregnancy, presumably arguing against the use of contraceptives such as the birth control pill as well.
“Women can ‘control their reproductive lives’ without access to abortion; they can do so by refraining from sexual intercourse,” Mitchell wrote. “One can imagine a scenario in which a woman has chosen to engage in unprotected (or insufficiently protected) sexual intercourse on the assumption that an abortion will be available to her later. But when this court announces the overruling of Roe, that individual can simply change their behavior in response to the court’s decision if she no longer wants to take the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.”
This is an outrageous ploy to control women and force them to submit to the will of conservative men. That’s exactly what this Texas law is all about. It has nothing to do with protecting life and everything to do with control and power. Most abortions occur within the first trimester of pregnancy long before a fetus becomes viable in the womb. In fact, there isn’t even really a heartbeat at six weeks as Republicans constantly claim.
Texas’ law is clearly unconstitutional and the conservative wing of the Supreme Court should be ashamed of themselves for buying into an extreme misogynistic viewpoint to justify their ruling. This is “Handmaid’s Tale” bullsh*t.
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