Alexis McGill Johnson, leader of the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood, claimed Tuesday that a pro-life Texas law that could save tens of thousands of unborn babies from abortion isn’t about “loving thy neighbor.”
Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the the Texas Heartbeat Act, Senate Bill 8. The law prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy.
Speaking about the lawsuit with MSNBC host Joy Reid, Johnson slammed Texas lawmakers for trying to be intentionally cruel when they passed it.
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“The cruelty is the point here, Joy,” she said, reacting to a private enforcement mechanism that allows people to file lawsuits against abortionists who violate the law.
“This is a state that supposedly loves defending the Constitution, loves protecting rights,” Johnson continued. “And yet it is a state where they don’t even love thy neighbor, right? They’re talking about sue thy neighbor.”
The law does not allow punishments for women, and it specifically prohibits abusers from filing lawsuits. What it allows is private citizens to file lawsuits to hold abortionists and those who aid them accountable for killing unique, living unborn babies with beating hearts.
Johnson called this a “perverse incentive” for anyone who opposes abortion. She said the heartbeat law is “so disturbing” and “makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.”
But it makes perfect sense to those who recognize that unborn babies are valuable human beings who deserve a right to life.
If the courts allow the law to be enforced, it could save tens of thousands of unborn babies from abortion every year. In 2019, more than 56,600 unborn babies were aborted in Texas, according to state health statistics; and the Center for Reproductive Rights estimates about 85 percent of abortions in Texas happen after six weeks. That means nearly 48,000 unborn babies could be spared from abortion every year.
Though abortion activists claim public support is on their side, polls suggest otherwise.
An April poll by the University of Texas-Austin found that Texans support a six-week abortion ban. According to the poll, 49 percent support making abortions illegal after six weeks of pregnancy, while 41 percent oppose it.
In 2019, a national Hill-HarrisX survey also found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive. Gallup polls consistently find that a majority of Americans think all or most abortions should be illegal.
Texas is one of about a dozen states that has passed a heartbeat law. South Carolina also passed a heartbeat law this year. However, none of the laws are being enforced because of pro-abortion lawsuits and current U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
In 1973, the Supreme Court took away the states’ ability to protect unborn babies from abortion under Roe v. Wade, and instead forced states to legalize abortion on demand. Roe made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks. The court is scheduled to hear a Mississippi case in the fall that challenges this precedent.