The new law effectively bans abortion at six weeks ― a point when many women don’t even know they’re pregnant ― and offers bounties of up to $10,000 to private citizens who successfully sue people for “aiding and abetting” abortions.
Some warned that other red states will quickly follow suit and pass their own versions of the extreme Texas law. Others urged Congress to act and pass a law protecting abortion nationwide. And many demanded that President Joe Biden expand the court to dilute the power of the conservative majority and restore judicial balance:
Republicans promised to overturn Roe v Wade, and they have.
Democrats can either abolish the filibuster and expand the court, or do nothing as millions of peoples’ bodies, rights, and lives are sacrificed for far-right minority rule.
This shouldn’t be a difficult decision. https://t.co/GcEjkxt3gs
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 2, 2021
Conservatives on the Court did, what they promised they would do, to get their jobs on the Court.
And everybody who told you that they wouldn’t do that were outright lying and you should consider that the next time they open their lying little mouths.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) September 2, 2021
In the span of one week the Supreme Court forced 11 million households to face eviction and effectively overturned Roe v. Wade in the middle of the night.
This is what far-right extremism looks like. We need to expand the court.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) September 2, 2021
Joey Joey Joey. You’ve had 8 months to stack the court. The big mistakes are adding up. Soon there will be no way home. The ongoing assault on our democracy, this final assault on women’s rights, require an aggressive, definitive response. Not speeches. #AllRepublicansMustGo
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) September 2, 2021
Congress should tmrw pass legislation to codify Roe. SCOTUS powerless to stop it. If try filibuster, great arg to get rid of it. Trump nuked filibuster for S Ct. If 50 is good enough to confirm a justice for life&against Roe …https://t.co/prjHTyUrA5
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) September 2, 2021
Biden needs to take some Federal action on this abortion law. The man swore an oath to protect America from ALL enemies, foreign OR Texan.
— scott linnen (@ScottLinnen) September 2, 2021
Don’t think Roe is only dead in Texas. If you live in a state like mine, they’re coming for you next. States like Alabama will jump on the Texas bandwagon. If you’re a woman & you don’t feel safe tonight, you’re right.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 2, 2021
Our Supreme Court is completely illegitimate.
Three stolen seats. Installed by a traitor to the nation, with the full support of his insane brainwashed political party.
Expand the court.
— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) September 1, 2021
End the filibuster. Expand the court. It’s now or it’s literally never.
— Scott Neustadter (@iamthepuma) September 2, 2021
Am I nuts or is every red state going to pass and sign a carbon copy of the Texas law in the next week?
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 2, 2021
Blatant disregard of 48 years of precedent under Roe and of the irreparable harm that is being inflicted on women seeking abortions in Texas every minute this law is in effect. https://t.co/vQ7XumxTJF
— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) September 2, 2021
Expand the Court. Do it tomorrow. Jesus Christ, a 5-4 majority said that the Texas law should stand because the three-card monte legal con at its heart was too clever for precedent to obtain. The whole bagjob of a decision reeks of corruption.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) September 2, 2021
Expand the court.
Abolish the filibuster.
— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) September 2, 2021
Remember, when they freak out about expanding the court, that Mitch McConnell stole TWO SCOTUS seats. Or we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) September 2, 2021
End the filibuster. Expand the Supreme Court. Break the glass and pull the alarm because this is a fucking emergency.
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) September 2, 2021
Confirms what we’ve known. The current court is corrupted and corrupt. One of the five in the conservative majority was a corrupt appt. A corrupt court must be brought to heel by the law. We must expand the court to undo its corruption.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 2, 2021
BREAKING: With a 5–4 vote and Roberts joining liberals, SCOTUS REFUSES to block Texas’ abortion ban.
GOP promised to stack SCOTUS & abolished the filibuster to do so. Dems can either abolish the filibuster to protect voting rights & expand the court, or kiss democracy goodbye.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) September 2, 2021
When everything gets inevitably worse, we’re going to look back on this time and remember that Senate Democrats had the power to expand the court and stop partisan gerrymandering but chose not to.
We may not get that chance again for decades.
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) September 2, 2021
Other red states aren’t gonna wait a minute. These anti-abortion laws will now be passed throughout the country. They just got a rubber stamp from SCOTUS.
— Brett Meiselas (@BMeiselas) September 2, 2021