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Historian suggests Fugitive Slave Act closest historical analogy to Texas abortion law


byTim O'DonnellSeptember 4, 2021

Historian Joshua Zeitz tweeted Friday night that he was asked earlier this week whether there was a historical precedent for Texas' restrictive new law, which allows private citizens to file civil lawsuits against abortion providers and anyone else who may have helped a woman obtain an abortion.

The closest thing he could think of, he said, was the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. Zeitz's reasoning is that the law "required state and local officials to arrest alleged runaways on the simple say-so of a bounty hunter and criminalized interference with these abductions." He explained that the law "incentivized the abduction of free Black people, turned all Black people in free states into bounty, and compelled uncooperating white people to become agents of state brutality."

Zeitz acknowledged that the two laws aren't perfectly analogous, but he does believe the Texas abortion ban could similarly encourage a vigilante culture against women and doctors. Read Zeitz's entire thread here.


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JBB
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1  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

There is no avoiding it. Texas has gone full shithole!

 
 
 
Sparty On
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1.1  Sparty On  replied to  JBB @1    one week ago

Yeah, that's why people are moving there in droves from real shithole states like California.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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2  Nerm_L    2 weeks ago

Gee that's swell.  Keep in mind it's the fetus that doesn't have any rights just as slaves didn't have rights.  The Fugitive Slave Act wasn't about the lives of slaves.  And Roe v. Wade isn't about the lives of fetuses. 

Ending slavery and allowing Black people the same rights as everyone else required abolition.  Think about that.

 
 
 
Drakkonis
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2.1  Drakkonis  replied to  Nerm_L @2    2 weeks ago

Absolutely perfect! 

 
 
 
Gordy327
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2.2  Gordy327  replied to  Nerm_L @2    2 weeks ago
Keep in mind it's the fetus that doesn't have any rights just as slaves didn't have rights. 

A fetus isn't a born, autonomous individual yet and there is no way to grant fetuses rights without taking away rights of the woman in question. 

And Roe v. Wade isn't about the lives of fetuses. 

This is true. It's about a woman's rights!

Ending slavery and allowing Black people the same rights as everyone else required abolition.  Think about that.

Think about what exactly?

 
 
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