JOY Reid has compared the Republican party in Texas to the Taliban for “putting bounties on women” with their anti abortion laws.
The MSNBC host tweeted: “So now Texas Republicans are putting bounties on pregnant women. I almost hate to ask what this benighted party will think of next.”
Joy Reid has compared the Republican party in Texas to the TalibanCredit: Getty
Gov. Greg Abbott in May signed a law that bans abortions in Texas before many women even know they are pregnantCredit: EPA
She added: “This is Talibanism. Are Texas conservatives going to be spying on women of childbearing age and turning them in for the bounties?”
Reid then shared a gif from The Hadmaids Tale – the fictional show in which a totalitarian regime has overthrown the US government and created the Republic of Gilead – adding: “I mean, what’s next, Texas? What’s next, @GOP …?”
Those comments sparked a backlash from some online with one writing: “Did hackers write this? Because this is stupid even by Joy Reid standards.”
Another said: “You’re freaking out about imaginary situations.”
But many others agreed with Reid, with one adding: “Geezus…this s*** is truly straight out of the Handsmaid Tale book. Wake Up. Fight with all your might at the polls.”
Another said: “If I lived in Texas and was of childbearing age, I’d leave immediately. As it is I will never live there now.”
Gov. Greg Abbott in May signed a law that bans abortions in Texas before many women even know they are pregnant.
Reid’s bounty line refers to the fact the bill allows anyone — even someone outside Texas — to sue an abortion provider or anyone else who may have helped someone get an abortion after the limit.
They can seek financial damages of up to $10,000 per defendant.
Critics say that provision would allow abortion opponents to flood the courts with lawsuits to harass doctors, patients, nurses, domestic violence counselors, a friend who drove a woman to a clinic, or even a parent who paid for a procedure.
The law puts Texas in line with more than a dozen other states that ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, possibly as early as six weeks.
It would take effect in September, but federal courts have mostly blocked states from enforcing similar measures.
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