Texas GOP Warn Pro-Abortion Groups To Follow The Law Or Face Felony Charges

Warning pro-abortion groups that efforts to help women get abortions could violate state laws, GOP lawmakers in Texas are actively trying to inform these groups about resultant felony charges.

In a letter this month to Sidley LLP law firm, which has offered to pay the expenses of women  wanting to travel out of state, where it is still legal to abort unborn children, the Texas Freedom Caucus sent the following statements, clearly warning the law firm of their legal position.

In part the letter reads,

“It has come to our attention that Sidley Austin has decided to reimburse the travel costs of employees who leave Texas to murder their unborn children. It also appears that Sidley has been complicit in illegal abortions that were performed in Texas before and after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19-1392. We are writing to inform you of the consequences that you and your colleagues will face for these actions.

Abortion is a felony criminal offense in Texas unless the mother’s life is in danger. See West’s Texas Civil Statutes, article 4512.1 (1974) (attached). The law of Texas also imposes felony criminal liability on any person who “furnishes the means for procuring an abortion knowing the purpose intended.” West’s Texas Civil Statutes, article 4512.2 (1974). This has been the law of Texas since 1925, and Texas did not repeal these criminal prohibitions in response to Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973). These criminal prohibitions extend to drug-induced abortions if any part of the drug regimen is ingested in Texas, even if the drugs were dispensed by an out-of-state abortionist. To the extent that Sidley is facilitating abortions performed in violation of article 4512.1, it is exposing itself and each of its partners to felony criminal prosecution and disbarment.

It also appears that Sidley may have aided or abetted drug-induced abortions in violation of the Texas Heartbeat Act, by paying for abortions (or abortion-related travel) in which the patient ingested the second drug in Texas after receiving the drugs from an out-of-state provider. Litigation is already underway to uncover the identity of those who aided or abetted these and other illegal abortions.”

– Texas Freedom Caucus

The caucus’s upcoming effort to craft legislation to strengthen state laws to protect unborn children includes legislation that would allow individuals to sue anyone who financially assists with a Texan’s abortion, regardless of where the abortion occurs. Considered criminal by the law proposed, such assistance, even if a Texan travelled out of state for a medication abortion and took part of the drug in Texas, charges could be filed.

Bringing civil cases on abortion, is already permissible in Texas. Litigation could potentially cost defendants tens of thousands of dollars.  The newly proposed legislation would make defendants liable for actions, even those that happen out-of-state, where abortion is still legal.

Last week, the state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton, sued the Biden administration for mandating that states provide abortions in medical emergencies. Earlier in March, a state legislator, Briscoe Cain, sent a cease and desist letter to Citibank, who had announced a policy to pay for employees’ out of state abortion expenses. This letter is just the latest move by lawyers, activists and rightwing lawmakers to crack down on abortion in Texas.

According to a report by the Guardian, Brian Hauss, an attorney for the ACLU stated

 “’What they’re really doing is a spaghetti test, where they’re just gonna throw everything at the wall and see what the courts are willing to stomach,”

– Brian Hauss, ACLU Attorney

Bloggers commented-

“Any woman who thinks she should have abortions on demand is free to move to a state where she will be accommodated. No HAS to live in Texas, and Texas does NOT have to bow to anyone’s demands”.

– SuzyU, Breitbart Blogger

“The left has gotten to run slipshod without consequence for their actions for far too long. It’s time they actually abide by the rule of law, instead of living above it like Hunter Biden.”

-IronBrigade, Breitbart Blogger

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

-United States Declaration of Independence

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