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Robert A. George

Texas Upends the Republican ‘Leave Us Alone Coalition’

The state’s restrictive abortion law threatens to destroy an uneasy truce among several factions of the conservative movement.

Protesting excessive government regulation.

Protesting excessive government regulation.

Photographer: Sergio Flores/Getty Images North America

Whether Texas’s anti-abortion law survives inevitable Supreme Court scrutiny, it may already have done irreparable damage to what was once known as the conservative movement — despite delivering a crucial part of that movement its greatest win.

The law, which bans abortions after six weeks and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers, has already helped energize a progressive pro-choice base that might otherwise have been complacent or demoralized heading into 2022. Meanwhile, the law threatens to upend a decades-long alliance among several factions of the conservative movement.