Do we want Texas-style anti-abortion vigilantes in Arizona?

Women protest against Texas' abortion law at the Capitol in Austin on Sept. 1. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN via AP]

Last week, US District Judge Robert Pitman issued an injunction against a Texas law that bans abortions after roughly six weeks – before many women even know their pregnant – and that also allows citizen bounty hunters to file lawsuits against doctors or anyone else who helps a woman to get an abortion.

The judge said the state legislature “contrived an unprecedented and transparent statutory scheme” to ban abortions that was  “flagrantly unconstitutional.”

He was correct…but the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals still lifted the injunction.

So the law is back in force, probably headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it’s open season again in Texas on abortion providers and anyone who assists a woman seeking the procedure.

Anti-abortion vigilantes can file lawsuits against doctors as well as individuals who “aid” and “abet” a woman seeking the procedure, and if successful, can collect $10,000 from any person who violates the law.

Some years back, that would have been me.

A long difficult ride to a clinic

The university I attended back East was located in a bucolic rural setting about three hours from any large city.

Christin Hakim

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