Amarica’s Constitution

The Ayes and Nays Upon Texas

September 7, 2021

Texas has brazenly - or boldly, depending on your point of view - thrown down a gauntlet on abortion with their new law purporting to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.  The Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to the law prior to its effective date, so the nation holds its breath wondering where abortion rights, long treasured by many, will head.  Meanwhile, the law deputizes the citizenry and takes enforcement out of the hands of state officials.  What’s going on?  Is this vigilantism?  Is this a rogue, unconstitutional adventure?  Is Roe v. Wade dead already?  Professor Amar is your guide to what is really happening.

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