With the September 1 passing of the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, people across the country will now be able to sue anyone who helps a woman get an abortion after six weeks in Texas. Senate Bill 8 (SB8), often referred to as the "heartbeat bill," makes it nearly impossible for people to have access to an abortion.
The bill varies from other abortion bills that red states regularly pass due to an unusual provision that empowers private citizens, rather than state officials, to enforce this ban. As Desireé Luckey, director of policy at Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, explained, "The law deputizes private citizens. The only people who are authorized to bring causes of action in civil courts are private individuals, not state officials."
'[SB8] shuts down the support system and infrastructure around a person wanting an abortion. It targets their doctors, friends, family members and