Groups supporting abortion bring a federal class action lawsuit in Texas.
One topic of debate is whether a more than 100-year-old abortion ban in Texas is still in effect today.
Since the Supreme Court repealed Roe v. Wade earlier this month, Texans must now live with three abortion laws. Reproductive rights organisations in Texas have been prevented from raising money and paying for out-of-state abortions and other travel expenses by the threat of prosecution and punishment.
It’s been incredibly difficult. It’s tragic because we are unable to help those who we know to be deserving and in need. But we must also continue to be targets of anti-abortion radicals’ scrutiny, said Kamyon Conner, executive director of Texas Equal Access Fund, in a statement to Spectrum News.
In an effort to obtain clarification and legal protection, The Texas Equal Access Fund joined other abortion charities and activists in filing a federal class action lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and several regional district attorneys earlier this month.
It’s regrettable that some people have determined that violating the constitutional rights of others is the best way to achieve their political goals. The freedom of speech, financial freedom, and the freedom to travel back and forth are all important rights, according to Thompson Coburn partner Jennifer Ecklund.
According to Paxton and other Texas Republicans, a rule from the 1800s that makes it illegal to “furnish the means for procuring” an abortion makes sponsoring out-of-state abortions unlawful.
According to Rebecca Parma, senior legislative associate for Texas Right to Life, “the state legislature is the one who made those statutes.” “And even though those laws were not implemented for many years, they are the only ones who have the power to overturn them. Since they were never specifically repealed, they are now again in effect.
According to Texas Republican Rep. Briscoe Cain, “no one has the right to pay for another person’s abortion.”
Republican state legislators have said they’re willing to go after organisations supporting abortion rights and businesses funding abortions outside of the state. They’re also looking into the possibility of allowing district attorneys to bring cases against people who reside outside of their jurisdiction.
Conner opined that they only cared about advancing their anti-abortion goal and didn’t truly care what happened to Texans.
The attorneys for the Texas abortion funds anticipate a hearing on a preliminary injunction in the coming weeks, even though the Justice Department has stated that they will defend the right to travel for abortions.