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Texas abortion law a “radical expansion” of who can sue whom, and an about-face for Republicans on civil lawsuits

Senate Bill 8, which allows anyone to sue anyone who performs or aids in an abortion, marks an unprecedented change to who has standing to bring a lawsuit. The tactic is also an emerging trend in Republican-dominated states that may compromise constitutional rights, some legal experts said.

An ultrasound machine sits next to an empty patient bed at Whole Women’s Health of Austin on Sept.1, 2021.

‘No sense of consistency’

Unprecedented expansion 

Legally ‘uncharted water’ 

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