Following the leak of the supreme court decision that signaled the impending end of federal constitutional protection for abortions, state Republican leaders have promised to take further action to make abortion “unthinkable.”
Bound by the limits of Roe v. Wade, Texas law had previously enacted strict laws that banned abortions as early as six weeks — before some women know they are pregnant — and opened the door for almost any private citizen to sue abortion providers and others. However, Texas law also contains a “trigger law,” which would automatically make performing an abortion a felony in the state 30 days after a SCOTUS decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Since the publishing of the supreme court draft by Politico last week, Republican state lawmakers have since said that their next orders of business would be to prevent people from traveling to get abortions, expand social safety nets for mothers, and invest more in services like adoption and foster care.
“I think I can speak for myself and other colleagues that align with my policy beliefs — we’ll continue to do our best to make abortion not just outlawed, but unthinkable,” said Rep. Briscoe Cain, a member of the far-right Freedom Caucus.
Cain has signaled a particular interest in going after abortion funds, which seek contributions from donors to fund out-of-state trips for pregnant Texans to receive the procedure. In a March letter the Lilith Fund, s a non-profit organization that provides assistance to individuals seeking an abortion, Cain threatened to file a bill in the coming legislative session that would empower district attorneys to prosecute abortion-related crimes across the state even when local authorities refuse to do so.
Cain has also introduced a bill that would prevent companies from doing business with local governments in Texas if they provide abortion-related benefits to their employees.
Citigroup, Amazon, Apple, Yelp, Match Group, Tesla and Levi Strauss & Company are among the growing list of companies that have promised to offer travel assistance to employees who are in states that restrict abortions.