Why Texas’ Abortion Snitches Will Target Black Women Most
A month after signing SB8, the most draconian anti-reproductive-rights law in the country, Texas Governor Greg Abbott approved a bill that—while misidentifying its tenets and never citing it by name—effectively banned the teaching of what Republicans have misconstrued as “critical race theory.”
Ironically, CRT offers just the right framework through which to identify the white supremacist politicking and codified misogynoir embedded in Texas’ newest, cruelest attack on women’s constitutional reproductive justice rights. The law’s ban on abortions performed after six weeks will be most devastating for Black women, who already face a nexus of socioeconomic issues that make abortions at once a critical, and an often inaccessible, resource.
But by offering a minimum $10,000 reward to private citizens who pursue and win lawsuits against “any person” accused of having “aided or abetted” in an abortion—a linguistic net cast wide enough to ensnare clinicians, the patient’s Uber driver, and anyone who helped pay for the procedure’s costs—Texas lawmakers have formally invited people to self-deputize and surveil and criminalize the most vulnerable.