Hundreds of protesters march through London in demonstration against abortion bans in Texas
- Thousands of protesters marched through London’s Trafalgar Square for a campaign on abortion rights
- March came after new rules introduced by the state of Texas banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy
- U.S. law enacted last month allows any private citizen to sue Texas abortion providers who violate the rule
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of London today in solidarity with protesters in the United States who oppose the Texas abortion ban.
Activists marched through Trafalgar Square as they attended the Abort Rights campaign rally after new rules introduced by the state of Texas last month banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
U.S. law allows any private citizen to sue Texas abortion providers who violate the law, as well as anyone who ‘helps or supports’ a woman who gets the procedure.
The statute, which survived a Supreme Court challenge, sets a minimum of $ 10,000 per claim. Prohibited abortion to be paid to the private citizen suing another person who may have in some way helped make an abortion possible.
Demonstrators marched through Trafalgar Square in central London today as they took part in the abortion rights campaign
Activists took to the streets with posters and banners after new rules introduced by the state of Texas last month banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy
Hundreds of protesters marched through central London in solidarity with protesters in the United States who opposed the abortion ban in Texas
Abortion patients themselves cannot be sued, but the clause for assistance is broad and may even apply to a taxi driver who deliberately takes a woman to have a prohibited abortion.
By handing over enforcement to private citizens, Texas avoided the legal pitfalls that condemned similar efforts in other states – but critics say the move is a hack of the justice system.
Today, protesters took to the streets of London with posters and banners in solidarity with those fighting for abortion rights in the US state.
Known as the Heartbeat Act, Texas law prohibits abortions after ultrasound can detect a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks, and before many women even know they are pregnant.
The abortion ban makes medical exceptions to save the mother’s life, but allows no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
The new law gives everyone the opportunity to sue abortion providers, regardless of whether they have been personally injured.
Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott denied that Texas’ restrictive new abortion laws would force rape or incest victims to bring their pregnancies to life because women have “at least six weeks” to get a notice.
In a bill that signed the state’s new legislation on electoral security, a reporter asked Abbott why the state would ‘force’ victims of sex crimes such as rape and incest to give birth.
A woman walks through central London with a sign that reads: ‘This is America: Forced Pregnancy, Government Mandate, Citizen Enforcement.’
Hundreds of people took to the streets of London today after a new law in the US state of Texas allowed any private citizen to sue Texas abortion providers who ‘help or assist’ a woman getting an abortion
Protesters hold posters as they march through Trafalgar Square during a rally held by the Abortion Rights Campaign
Protesters take to the streets under the Heartbeat Act of Texas law that banned abortions after ultrasound can detect a fetal heartbeat that can occur as early as six weeks
Protesters hold signs as they march through the capital in support of those protesting the US abortion ban
A group of protesters marched through central London today with a sign reading: ‘For a woman’s right to vote’
Activists stand in solidarity with those fighting for abortion rights in Texas after the state allowed any private citizen to sue Texas abortion providers who violate the law
‘It does not require it at all, because of course it gives at least six weeks for a person to be able to have an abortion, so for one it does not give it,’ Abbott replied.
‘That said, let’s make something very clear – rape is a crime and Texas will work tirelessly to ensure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas.’
In a White House speech, President Joe Biden blew up the new law as ‘non-American’.
‘The most damaging thing about the Texas law, it creates a kind of vigilante system where people get rewards for going out and – anyway. And it just looks – I know it sounds ridiculous – almost un-American what we’re talking about, ‘he said.