What is the Texas abortion law?
The head of Georgia-based game development studio Tripwire Interactive parted ways with the company Monday, two days after tweeting his support for Texas’ new abortion ban.
Why it matters: Tripwire CEO John Gibson’s support of a law critics are calling “draconian” and dangerous sparked instant outrage.
The details: On Saturday afternoon, Gibson tweeted: “Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat.”
Blowback was swift — the tweet generated thousands of likes but scorn from scores more, including a top PlayStation developer, Cory Barlog, who tweeted: “how can anyone be proud of claiming dominion over a woman’s personal freedoms?”
The big picture: Texas’ abortion law has provoked strong reactions among the public, though the response from the business community has been muted.
An abortion ban in Texas successfully went into effect, making the procedure illegal when cardiac activity is detected, usually as soon as six weeks and well before many people know they are pregnant.
The big picture: Over a dozen states have tried to enact laws similar to the near-total abortion ban in Texas, but they have mostly been blocked or struck down by federal or state judges. Now, with this current precedent, some of these states could try again.
Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Department of Justice to take legal action “up to and including the criminal prosecution” against anti-abortion rights activists who attempt legal challenges under Texas’ new abortion ban.
Why it matters: The state’s new law bars abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and awards at least $10,000 to people who successfully sue anyone suspected of helping a pregnant person obtain an abortion.
The Justice Department will “protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services” in Texas as it explores options to challenge the state’s abortion ban, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement Monday.
Driving the news: The announcement comes after the Supreme Court allowed the law to take effect last week. The ban is the most restrictive abortion law to be enforced since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide.PUT 1xbet