Responding to this, from the Guardian, “Lawmakers in Missouri weighed legislation early this year that would allow individuals to sue anyone helping a patient cross state lines for an abortion. The law was ultimately blocked in the state’s legislature, but experts expect such legislation to gain more support if Roe is weakened or overturned.” True. According to NPR, “Idaho prepares to ban most abortions in the state as governor signs Texas-style law”.
I think we should begin calling this what it is, a version of the Fugitive Slave Act, but for women. Most of the laws even gives cash incentives for private citizens to, “Hunt”, those trying to escape the oppression in their home states.
For those unfamiliar with the act, according to Wikipedia, the, ”Fugitive Slave Acts, in U.S. history, statutes passed by Congress in 1793 and 1850 (and repealed in 1864) that provided for the seizure and return of runaway slaves who escaped from one state into another or into a federal territory.”
I would note that these laws were passed at a national level, so do not think it can’t happen in your state.
Very simply, I think we should use the Fugitive Slave Act rhetoric in campaigns against those who support these bills. Not only do they deny a basic right, they turn neighbors against neighbors.
Oddly, these laws tend to be supported by states’ rights zealots. These are the 21st Century version of the folks who called those enforcing the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, carpetbaggers. “Just because Ohio and the rest of the United States believe in equality doesn’t mean you have a right to impose it on us?”
Further, this same group thinks everyone should have a gun. How do you think this will all turn out?
Pro-life, my armadillo.
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