What the Texas Law Really Means for Abortion in America

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This week, five justices of the Supreme Court allowed a Texas law to go into effect that says private citizens can sue for $10,000 anyone who performs, aids or abets an abortion on a fetus that has a detectable heartbeat. Their decision didn’t overturn Roe — in fact, the legal question at stake wasn’t about the fundamental right to an abortion at all. Still, abortion rights advocates are up in arms for a reason — mostly because how the court acted today could be a signal as to how it will act in November, when the real challenge to federal abortion rights will come before the Supreme Court.

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