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Fighting the Spread of the 'Texas Taliban'

Updated: Sep 9, 2021


Women’s right to control their own bodies is under attack like never before now that the Trump-stacked U.S. Supreme Court has sanctioned a draconian Texas law that creates a system of vigilante injustice for women seeking an abortion.


The law posts a $10,000 bounty on women, clinicians, doctors, even cab drivers who in any way help a woman in Texas terminate her pregnancy, no matter the cause. And the U.S. Supreme Court, now dominated by conservatives including three justices appointed by Donald Trump said, "hey, that’s just fine, folks."


Now, it looks like several other Republican-controlled states are planning to copy that Texas law, including Arkansas, Florida, South Dakota, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, and South Carolina. In fact, the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports access to reproductive health, predicts that about a quarter of states will introduce legislation mirroring Texas’ abortion ban.


At the same time, the Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case in Which Mississippi has asked it to overrule Roe v. Wade, the decision that established a woman’s right to an abortion. Countering that, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to call for a vote on legislation to cement the right to an abortion into federal law.


But remember this. Republicans in the Senate will likely block any such legislation with their favorite tool, the filibuster.


Attorney General Merrick Garland, meanwhile, says the Justice Department will “continue to protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services.” Whatever that means. Democrats in Congress aren’t so sure, so those serving on the House Judiciary Committee have urged Garland to criminally prosecute those who try to enforce the Texas law. To what extent the Justice Department actually takes action remains to be seen.


Today, on our Lean to the Left podcast, Vicki Ringer, public affairs director for Planned parenthood Votes South Atlantic, discussed her organization's battle against efforts to enact a Texas Taliban law in South Carolina.


State Sen. Larry Grooms is readying such legislation. He sponsored a “fetal heartbeat” bill that earlier this year was deemed unconstitutional by a U.S. Court of Appeals immediately following Gov. Henry McMaster's signature.


The Texas law, Ringer said, is similar to that South Carolina measure, making any abortion illegal once fetal cardiac activity can be heard on a pregnant woman.


"What they have done in Texas just defies all common sense and logic," said Ringer. It has created this vigilante posse to go out and stalk women, to follow them where they go. It won't be long before they will install GPS chips on women. They will start tracking menstrual cycles, because we know that's happened before."


She was referring to a Trump administration policy involving immigrant women at the southern border. "They denied migrants who were coming into the U.S. an opportunity to get an abortion when they had been raped," she said.


"If there is a way to stop women from controlling their own reproductive health, they will move forward," Ringer predicted.


During the discussion, Ringer also predicted that abortion opponents, if they succeed in permanently banning women's access to the procedure, will then move on to fighting against birth control.


She called on women -- and men -- to rise up and fight such efforts in state legislatures wherever they occur, and encouraged participation in Women's March events scheduled in communities across the nation on October 2. "Men need to speak up," she said. "They are harmed, too, when abortion rights are taken away from people. "It's not just a women's issue. It is a total family issue."


"Please speak up," Ringer imposed. "You don't have to be a woman, you don't have to be a mother. You just have to know that healthcare decisions should be left to those impacted, and politicians have no place in the doctor's office."


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Barbara Hake
Barbara Hake
Sep 08, 2021

I am seldom at a loss for words; the words I would use in this case are not printable! How, in the name of all that is sacred to our democracy, did we let this happen??

Another name for them would be "The Galloping Gestapo" except they are not heroes to the rescue but are utilizing Gestapo characteristics and Taliban scorn of women. Is this really America? Where are the voices supporting women and their right to choose? Men need to speak up too as they are 50% of the "formula" that creates a child.

The most ridiculous aspect is Abbott saying today that they will do away with all rapists while forgetting the hundreds of rape kits in Texas…

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Donna A Lombardo
Donna A Lombardo
Sep 09, 2021
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Well said.

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Donna A Lombardo
Donna A Lombardo
Sep 08, 2021

The Texas Taliban is an appropriate name for the Republican leaders of Texas. Great article.

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C J Waldron
C J Waldron
Sep 08, 2021

Good companion piece.

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