The law promises cash rewards to anybody living in Texas for policing people over abortions. This "creates a vigilante system," said the president.
In the wake of an extremely restrictive abortion law taking effect in Texas, plenty expressed their outrage and are calling the law "unconstitutional" and "almost un-American." Celebrities have also been speaking up, and actress Bette Midler has gone a step further by urging women to outright "refuse to have sex with men."
"I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress," she wrote on Twitter.
In another tweet, Midler also pointed out how the country is desperately trying to reel from the pandemic whilst also dealing with several other alarming issues on the plate. Yet, lawmakers still choose to spend their time dictating what a person can and cannot do with their bodies.
"The cruelty of the #GOP is endless," Midler wrote Twitter. "We are suffering COVID-19, hurricanes, apocalyptic flooding, wildfires from hell, joblessness, homelessness, evictions, racial strife, and they pick this hideous time to pile on yet another shock to women, by taking away their right to choose."
effort, because they believe women are so used to being gaslit that of course, they’ll just tolerate it. They did the thing in the dead of night without care or effort because they genuinely believe that they’re only women, and they deserve what they get.— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) September 4, 2021
President Joe Biden also spoke against the law, which states that any pregnancy in which a heartbeat is detected cannot be aborted. This means that an individual cannot get an abortion in Texas once they are about six weeks into their pregnancy.
The law, which makes Texas the state with the most restrictive abortion law in America, also makes no exceptions for people who become pregnant as a result of rape, sexual abuse, or incest, according to The Washington Post.
"I know this sounds ridiculous -- it's almost un-American," Biden said about the law, as quoted by CNN. The law is an "unprecedented assault on a woman's constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade, which has been the law of the land for almost fifty years," Biden added.
President Biden says Texas' draconian new abortion law violates the Constitution, pledges to "protect and defend" abortion rights. https://t.co/iqCfdeh87c— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 4, 2021
What is most unprecedented about the law is how it allows anyone living in Texas to sue an abortion provider or any other individual suspected of "aiding and abetting" abortions. This "sort of creates a vigilante system," Biden added.
The law not only encourages people to start policing others but also rewards them with $10,000 for a successful lawsuit that stops an abortion. This is a "bizarre scheme" that can lead to "unconstitutional chaos," Biden said in another statement.
"Complete strangers will now be empowered to inject themselves in the most private and personal health decisions faced by women," the president added, as quoted by CNN.
The newest Texas abortion ban, #SB8, gives politicians, neighbors, and even strangers the right to sue those who provide — or just help patients get — abortion after 6 wks. The time to fight for our reproductive health & rights is now! #BansOffOurBodies https://t.co/Yhoxll4piP— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) September 1, 2021
If you forcibly promoted the vaccine while also saying “my body my choice,” your opinion on the Texas abortion law is irrelevant.— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) September 5, 2021
Abortion rights activists continue to protest the law, and groups like Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have condemned the ban. "Access to almost all abortion has just been cut off for millions of people," said ACLU. The group called the strict ban "blatantly unconstitutional" because 90 percent of abortions in Texas take place after six weeks of pregnancy, according to BBC.
After the law came into effect, Planned Parenthood also said: "No matter what, we aren't backing down and we are still fighting. Everyone deserves access to abortion."
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