By Poppy Alexander and Chris McLamb*
During the oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court last week regarding Texas’s anti-abortion statute (SB 8), a significant part of the back-and-forth was devoted to whether the law can be compared to a whistleblower statute. SB 8 enlists private citizens to report other citizens for exercising their constitutional rights––a far cry from whistleblower laws that enlist private citizens to go after fraudsters who cheat the government and the public. Yet this line of questioning, tangential as it may seem, helped expose the Texas law for what it is: a brazen attempt to circumvent Roe v. Wade.
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