Abortion Providers Win Round in Row Over Private Enforcement Law

Aug. 26, 2021, 1:56 PM

Texas abortion providers can proceed against state administrative officials in a suit challenging a law that bans abortion after cardiac activity is detected because those defendants aren’t immune from liability, a federal court said.

The law, known as S.B. 8. strips public officials of enforcement power and gives it to private citizens, who can win statutory damages of $10,000 per abortion in civil suits against abortion providers and people who assist women in obtaining abortions after approximately six weeks of pregnancy.

Admittedly, Texas medical, pharmacy, and nursing boards officials; the commissioner of health and human services; and Attorney General Ken ...

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