Texas’ recent law banning nearly all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected could be copied by other states, according to Representative (D-TX) Joaquin Castro.
“I suspect there will be other states enforcing a similar law, ”Representative Castro told Yahoo at an event honoring LatinX and Hispanic Heritage Month.
Castro’s comments came just days before a Florida lawmaker introduced a similar domestic bill to the Texas measure. Earlier this month, Sunshine State Governor Ron DeSantis said he would be open to tougher abortion laws, but doesn’t want citizens to turn on each other.
Castro says that’s basically what the new law does. “It encourages citizens to sue women and others if a woman has had an abortion after six weeks. And so yes, I think other states will try to do the same.”
“I hope that in the end the Supreme Court will rule that the law is unconstitutional,” he added.
Women in Texas who request an abortion are travel out of state since the entry into force of the law on September 1. The new measure could have a bigger impact on LatinX and Hispanic women than on other communities, according to the lawmaker.
“Latinos who may not have the funds to travel to California, Arizona or wherever, if they are looking for an abortion, we are going to be directly affected by this law,” Castro said.
Lawmakers have recognized that there are differences of opinion on abortion rights within the LatinX / Hispanic community. A recent poll shows that 63% of Hispanics say abortion should be legal in most cases, while 35% say it should be illegal.
“But the numbers show that most people think that forcing a woman to have a rapist’s child is very right-wing and cruel,” he added. “It’s something Latinos have a strong opinion on in Texas, and they think it’s overkill.”
The United States Supreme Court recently rejected a request to rule on Texas law. However, he did not specifically judge the merits of the measure. This opens the door for a specific case challenging the law to eventually make its way to the highest court.
Moderate Republican Representative Bill Cassidy of Louisiana believes the Supreme Court could “rule it out once it gets to them in a proper way.”
Ines Ferre is a stock market reporter for Yahoo Finance. She recently hosted the virtual Yahoo! celebrating LatinX and Hispanic Heritage Month.
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