How the New Texas Abortion Law Turns the Public Into Enforcers

The strictest abortion law in the U.S. took effect on Sept. 1 in Texas. Designed to protect fetuses from the moment a heartbeat is detected, the law is seen by abortion-rights supporters as an end-run around Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide — and a possible blueprint for other states to make policy by encouraging neighbors to sue each other.

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