Babies and the guns to protect those babies! Go Texas Go!
Heather at Substack was really upset by the decisions around guns and babies.
I love to read her Substack but I disagreed with her take on things.
Last night at midnight, a new law went into effect in Texas.
House Bill 1927 permits people to carry handguns without a permit, unless they have been convicted of a felony or domestic violence.
This measure was not popular in the state. Fifty-nine percent of Texans—including law enforcement officers—opposed it.
But 56% of Republicans supported it. “I don’t know what it’s a solution to,” James McLaughlin, executive director of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, said to Heidi Pérez-Moreno of the Texas Tribune when Republican governor Greg Abbott signed the bill in mid-August. “I don’t know what the problem was to start with.”
Texas Gun Rights executive director Chris McNutt had a different view. He said in a statement: “Texas is finally a pro-gun state despite years of foot-dragging, roadblocks, and excuses from the spineless political class.”
The bill had failed in 2019 after McNutt showed up at the home of the Texas House Speaker, Republican Dennis Bonnen, to demand its passage. Bonnen said McNutt’s “overzealous” visit exhibited “insanity.” “Threats and intimidation will never advance your issue. Their issue is dead,” he told McNutt.
McNutt told the Dallas Morning News: “If politicians like Speaker Dennis Bonnen think they can show up at the doorsteps of Second Amendment supporters and make promises to earn votes in the election season, they shouldn’t be surprised when we show up in their neighborhoods to insist they simply keep their promises in the legislative session.”
That was not the only bill that went into effect at midnight last night in Texas.
In May, Governor Abbott signed the strongest anti-abortion law in the country, Senate Bill 8, which went into effect on September 1.
It bans abortion after 6 weeks—when many women don’t even know they’re pregnant—thus automatically stopping about 85% of abortions in Texas.
There are no exceptions for rape or incest. Opponents of the bill had asked the Supreme Court to stop the law from taking effect. It declined to do so.
The law avoided the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision protecting the right to abortion before fetal viability at about 22 to 24 weeks by leaving the enforcement of the law not up to the state, but rather up to private citizens.
This was deliberate. As Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern explained in an article in Slate: “Typically, when a state restricts abortion, providers file a lawsuit in federal court against the state officials responsible for enforcing the new law.
Here, however, there are no such officials: The law is enforced by individual anti-abortion activists.” With this law, there’s no one to stop from enforcing it.
S.B. 8 puts ordinary people in charge of law enforcement. Anyone—at all—can sue any individual who “aids or abets,” or even intends to abet, an abortion in Texas after six weeks.
Women seeking abortion themselves are exempt, but anyone who advises them (including a spouse), gives them a ride, provides counseling, staffs a clinic, and so on, can be sued by any random stranger.
If the plaintiff wins, they pocket $10,000 plus court costs, and the clinic that provided the procedure is closed down. If the defendant doesn’t defend themselves, the court must find them guilty. And if the defendant wins, they get…nothing. Not even attorney’s fees.
So, nuisance lawsuits will ruin abortion providers, along with anyone accused of aiding and abetting—or intending to abet—an abortion. And the enforcers will be ordinary citizens.
Read the whole thing…HERE
I hope and pray that these Texas laws will become the new standard for the rest of the country and that the hundreds of thousands of babies slaughtered in America every year in abortion mills will be fully protected by those who cherish life.
Rape and Incest survivors will have six weeks to decide what to do and that is good enough for me. As a survivor of both of these crimes, I understand the many nuances and issues that are in play as women are victimized and traumetized by rape and unwanted pregnancies.
We can do so much better as a civilization and I pray as we transition to a more holistic and life afirming society that those like Professor Cox who see this law as a regression will eventually recognize it as a significant move out of the pits of hell for young American women.
There was no need to inflate the meaning of the order when there is a huge threat just behind it on the docket. The Texas law is an existential threat to Roe. So is the pending Dobbs case. Yet, the press today has little patience for nuance or delay when there is rage to feed.— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) September 2, 2021
NEW: Gov DeSantis says he welcomes pro-life legislation as FL Republicans appear poised to bring an abortion bill this upcoming legislative session.— Jay O'Brien (@jayobtv) September 2, 2021