New Texas Laws: What You Need to Know About Changes in Abortion, Weapons, Race Education, and Voting

A new state law that allows citizens to go to state courts to sue providers or even anyone who allows someone to have an abortion within six weeks, after a fetal heartbeat is detected, will impose a practical total ban. of practice and will end decades of federal protections according to Roe against Wade.

The new freedom to carry weapons in public without permission removes the only real obstacle to gun ownership in the state.

These are just two of a series of laws and orders enacted by Republicans who control the government.

They are also imposing new restrictions on voting rights, controls on how educators can approach politics and race, and more.

In fact, according to a Texas Tribune review, there are 666 new Texas laws that will go into effect Wednesday. Somehow, he believes that, just as California emerged as a resistance to President Donald Trump, Lone Star State is becoming the antipode of Joe Biden’s America.
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Repression of abortions with the help of the public. The abortion ban, which could undermine the decision in the Roe v. Wade ruling, was authorized to take effect at midnight Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court, which did nothing to stop it.

The new legislation still faces legal challenges and could ultimately be overturned by the Supreme Court, but for now the new attempt to overflow decades of established U.S. abortion law is in effect in Texas.

The details:

  • Extremely restrictive. Anyone who helps facilitate an abortion, except the mother, could be open to a lawsuit.
  • It takes effect after six weeks of pregnancy. This is before many women know they are pregnant, but when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
  • Few exceptions. It has no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, but includes an exception for medical emergencies.
  • Trust private citizens. People who facilitate abortion (from doctors to a person traveling to the clinic) do not face any criminal or state sanctions, but are open to lawsuits from individuals, even those who do not. they have nothing to do with anyone involved in pregnancy. .
  • Harder to challenge – Because it relies on private citizens as enforcement agents, it may be more difficult for abortion rights advocates to challenge the law in the courts.
State abortion providers say they cease most procedures. Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill told CNN that Texas’ new abortion law is “emblematic of vigilant justice.”
Merriam-Webster’s definition of “vigilante” fits: “a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crimes in a concise manner (such as when law enforcement processes are deemed inappropriate) broadly: an autonomous author of justice “.
CNN’s Vogue Ariane has the full story, which includes a map of which states have more restrictive abortion laws than Roe. v. Wade, and that it would protect abortion rights if the Court finally upheld the precedent of abortion rights. The Court must already consider a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks.
Opening more weapons. Along with the crackdown on abortion, the Texans removed the main hurdle for gun owners, removing their permit system and joining a handful of other states: Iowa, Tennessee, Montana, Utah. in Wyoming.

Weapons rights activists like to call the system “Constitutional Carry.” There are requirements for security classes, fingerprinting, passing a proficiency test, and background checks to obtain a license. Now jeans only use one gun. It is still illegal for certain people, such as criminals, to carry handguns. These prohibitions will be more difficult to enforce.

Restrictions on voting rights. Democrats in the Texas legislature fled the state this summer to delay approval of their version of the voting restrictions that have promulgated numerous Republican-controlled states.

But with this obstruction, the state legislature passed the bill and sent it to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has said he will sign it.

CNN’s Eric Bradner and Dianne Gallagher write the law “points to Harris County, home of Houston, which last year offered automatic voting and 24-hour early voting.”

It restricts voting hours, prevents counties from automatically submitting voting requests by mail, increases protections for observers in favor of polls, and sets new limits on those who help voters, including the disabled, vote. .

Confusion about what can be taught in schools. One of several laws designed to crack down on so-called “critical race theory,” Texas teachers are now banned from promoting politics in the classroom. But confusion persists about what the new law really means.

CNN’s Nicole Chavez spoke with nearly two dozen school districts in the state of Texas about how the law affected their plans for the school year.

She writes: At College Station, some government professors will not ask students to take notes at city public meetings to get a grade. Leander elementary school students will no longer ask students to write letters to lawmakers. At Keller, some resources offered online to students, including e-books and news articles, have been temporarily removed.

Officials from a school district about 30 miles north of Dallas have decided to stop offering credit to high school students who participate in a nationally recognized civil engagement program “with great caution.” The change was first reported by the Texas Tribune.

In addition, with a nod to Project 1619, the effort that gave its name to the date African slaves landed in America and encouraged Americans to re-examine the country’s racial past, Texas has created its own commission to pursue an “1836 Project” to promote a patriotic assessment of the state’s history and to promote “the Christian heritage of that state.”
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Another law penalizes cities that cut police funding; Abbott pushed for his own order to address immigrants as part of a Covid effort, though a judge has stopped him.

Many of these efforts have been directed at the courts. Their bans on mask requirements in schools were temporarily suspended as judicial challenges presented themselves.

Most important, however, may be the six-week abortion ban, which, for now, is the law.

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