Invasion of the body of law snatchers: the Texas TaliDan.
Update: If you visit the link to the Right to Life Whistleblower site linked below, you might see it is now a security risk. Also, Go Daddy, the site’s original host, gave them 24 hours to move their site due to what Go Daddy states is a violation of their privacy policies — more here.
Bastrop, TX, Sept. 3, 2021: We at LIV are not now, nor ever, entering the abortion debate. But, has a segment of the pro-life movement gone rogue? Are they attempting to establish a “Texas TaliDan” by gaming our judicial system, creating a field day for trials lawyers and setting us up to invade our neighbor’s privacy? Linda for a Little Less Corruption gets on her high horse with a confession to make.
Linda Curtis here with my confession. I have refrained for many decades to talk publicly about abortion. This was out of respect for all viewpoints on the subject and my interest in building cross-partisan coalitions. I still do. However, what I see now with this new law in place is tomfoolery and outright gaming of the judicial system (the rule of law) that harms us all — regardless of our views on abortion. Take a few minutes to learn all you can about this. And beware of Trojan horses bearing gifts.
The wee hours of the morning decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) NOT to — for now — block the new Texas abortion law is a major national news item. Interestingly, SCOTUS was the narrowest of decisions — 5 to 4 — with Chief Justice Roberts writing the dissenting opinion.
We share this from this Texas Tribune article quoting Justice Sonia Sotomayor:
“The Court finally tells the Nation that it declined to act because, in short, the State’s gambit worked,” Sotomayor said, blasting the court for citing “complex and novel antecedent procedural questions” as reasons not to block the law. “This is untenable. It cannot be the case that a State can evade federal judicial scrutiny by outsourcing the enforcement of unconstitutional laws to its citizenry.
The Texas Right to Life “whistleblower” website was enlisting you to “help enforce” the new abortion law with “anonymous tips?” (It was repurposed due to technical and security problems that they brought on themselves.) It seems to us that Texas Right to Life want us to spy on our neighbors, pass the information on to them so THEY can “enforce the law” by engaging in intimidation and litigation to stop abortions with their trial attorneys. But, don’t worry. You didn’t have to give your name!
We recommend this Quorum Report article (our favorite resource) which explains how the new law is a treasure-trove for extreme lawsuit abuse. (One infraction could be the subject of unlimited lawsuits from individuals and unlimited fines!)
A segment of the pro-life movement concocted this plan to get around waiting for Roe v. Wade to be overturned.
Who is, ultimately, to be held accountable for this affront to the constitutional right to privacy and giveaway to trial lawyers? Might it be this guy, TaliDan? One could argue that the most recent lurch by the state of Texas into our private lives started with the bathroom bill. You thought it was about transgender people, not you, right? Wrong.
Dan Patrick’s bathroom bill quietly died in 2017 after an entire special session on an issue that should have remained private. Patrick, of course, famously declared a victory, hoping no one would notice what an expensive and invasive dud it was. We noticed.
This new abortion law isn’t about abortion. It is about the state handing over enforcement power to individuals — vigilantes, gossips, and worse — who seek to put their noses in others’ business.
Where do we draw the line? We ask this because it looks like to us that this law stepped over it.
Let’s talk about it!
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