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Texas Judge Presses State on ‘Unusual’ Design of Abortion Law

  • The law outsources enforcement to private citizens who can sue
  • Judge says enforcement by members of public is “very unusual”
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A federal judge weighing whether to temporarily halt a Texas law limiting abortions said it appears to have been crafted to avoid lawsuits against the state.

“I think that’s what this whole statute was designed to do -- to find a proxy for the state that would insulate the state from this sort of judicial oversight that ordinarily would exist,” U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin said Friday during a hearing on Zoom.