Hillary Clinton is among those joining the fight to protect abortion rights after a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court this week that allowed a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy to go into effect in Texas. Troublingly, that law also includes provisions allowing for lawsuits from private citizens against individuals suspected of involvement in the procurement of an illegal abortion, and in the event that such a lawsuit proves its claim, the law outlines that the person who brought it is entitled to at least $10,000. In other words, Texas has set up what amounts to a draconian bounty system targeting abortion rights.
Among other remarks, Clinton called on observers concerned about Texas developments to run for office. As she put it on Twitter:
‘In our post-Roe reality, it’s more important than ever to elect state and local officials who will protect abortion access and reproductive freedom. Run for office to become one of them. [Run for Something] will help.’
In our post-Roe reality, it’s more important than ever to elect state and local officials who will protect abortion access and reproductive freedom.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 3, 2021
Run for Something is a political action committee that — as its name suggests — supports efforts by concerned citizens to “run for something” in communities across the United States. Awareness remains critically important during the struggle, since amid the push from certain Republican leaders against abortion rights, Republicans including Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott himself have also been pushing to restrict access to voting. The restrictive, election-related provisions that Abbott and others have been promoting do not respond to any real, documented, systematic election integrity problem in the United States — since such a problem does not exist, but they do make voting more difficult. Such could impact the ability to get elected to office.
Besides the possibility of electing leaders who will defend abortion rights, President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland have also announced intentions to examine the possibilities of federal action to support access to abortion. Garland in particular said this week that the Justice Department was “evaluating all options to protect the constitutional rights of women, including access to an abortion.” There’s a recent precedent for federal action against overreaching Republican state officials. Recently, the Education Department announced civil rights investigations into certain GOP-led states where officials have sought to block mask mandates in schools. The federal idea is that these anti-mandate policies could constitute discrimination against vulnerable children who, with current circumstances in place, can not safely attend school without mask-wearing policies in effect.