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No one likes an “I told you so,” whether on an elementary school playground or in arguments over reproductive rights. Still, in the wake of the passage of Texas’s Senate Bill 8 in May 2021, which effectively outlawed abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, and the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court last June, which triggered Texas’s law barring any abortion with limited and vague life and health exceptions, the dire warnings of pro–abortion rights Cassandras have come to pass. Now that an individual’s right to terminate a pregnancy is solely up to the state of Texas, chaos has ensued. This is not just because abortion has been outlawed, but because of the resulting chilling effect—a concept once used to describe…
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