Some call the Texas Heartbeat Act a novel way to ban abortions. But this style of law, enforced by bounty hunters instead of state governments, isn’t new: It’s a return to laws during slavery and Jim Crow. In this episode, we’ll look at how the courts permitted these laws in the past -- and how they paved the way for Texas’ current abortion law.
Supreme Court declines hearing on Texas 'Heartbeat' Act (NY Times)
Is there a 'Fetal Heartbeat' at 6 weeks? (LiveScience)
Heather Cox Richardson: Texas law aims at Civil Rights as well as abortion
Justice Sotomayor's dissent (The Nation)
Origins of the Religious Right (POLITICO)