California Governor Gavin Newsom said he would use a Supreme Court ruling about abortion to design law. The law says people can sue companies that make guns.
The Supreme Court on Friday did not change the law in Texas. The law allows people to sue someone who helps a woman get an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
The state’s Republican-controlled legislature wrote the Texas law. The law avoids normal ways of challenging it because state officials are not responsible for enforcement. Instead, private individuals can sue doctors who provide abortion services in Texas and anyone who helps them.
The court ruled that the Texas law can stay in effect, but legal challenges may continue. Critics say this is drug vigilantism.
Newsom, a Democrat, said on Saturday that he and the government would work with Attorney General Rob Bonta to make a plan in line with the Texas law. This will allow people to sue manufacturers, sellers, or distributors of guns for at least $10,000 per violation if they violate any laws.
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that allows Texas to keep its law that bans most abortion services. I am very upset about this decision because it is an unfair rule that only helps people against abortion rights.
If states can shield their laws from review by federal courts, then CA will use that authority to help protect lives.
We will work to create the ability for private citizens to sue anyone who manufactures, distributes, or sells an assault weapon or ghost gun kit or parts in CA. pic.twitter.com/YPBJ00vN6z
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) December 12, 2021
If states can protect their laws, California will use that power to protect people’s lives. Texas used it to put women in harm’s way.
The majority of the court did not stop this, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor was very mad. She does not want other states to try to copy what Texas did.
President Joe Biden is concerned about leaving in place a law that bans abortions. He said it is encouraging that the court will let some parts of the lawsuit continue.