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The anti-abortion group’s “model law” will criminalize websites, hotlines, and any American who “helps or instigates” termination

A sweeping proposal from the National Right to Life Committee — the nation’s largest anti-abortion group — is set to serve as model legislation for states to pass as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule in a case that will affect abortion protections nationwide. could disrupt.

The proposed legislation would criminalize not only abortion providers, but also people who help patients provide care over the phone or the Internet, websites that offer abortion services, or abortion fund groups that help pay for patients’ travel expenses and hotel stays.

National Right to Life proposes that people or groups that “help and encourage” abortion be charged with conspiracy under the same statutes targeting organized crime.

The group is part of a powerful bloc of anti-abortion lobbyists, conservative Christian organizations and legal groups that have partnered with a so-called “pro-life” movement that has strengthened political and cultural opposition to abortion rights in the decades since the 1973 ruling. . Roe v Wade

That move has gained undue influence within the state legislature. Anti-abortion groups and their legislative envoys have helped draft other model legislation — such as the Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy and is now at the center of the Supreme Court — in an effort to bring legal trouble to abortion rights and civil rights groups. who would bring these arguments to the highest court in the country.

National Right to Life’s latest model legislation would “ensure that all parties participating in an illegal abortion are subject to enforcement” — including anyone “providing instructions over the phone, the Internet, or any other medium” or “hosting or any website, or Internet service provider, that encourages or facilitates attempts to obtain an illegal abortion” or “providing or providing illegal “abortion doula” services” and “referring to an illegal abortion provider”.

It would also allow state attorneys general to take on abortion cases when local prosecutors refuse to enforce anti-abortion laws.

“As we realized in our country’s efforts to fight organized crime, prosecuting individual members of an organized criminal enterprise has limited effectiveness,” lawyers for the group wrote in their proposal.

“The entire criminal enterprise must be addressed to effectively prevent criminal activity, so RICO-like laws” – referring to the federal law on the racketeering and corrupt organizations – “were enacted to provide effective legal remedies against the entire criminal enterprise” said lawyers.

“Unfortunately, much of the abortion industry is likely to resurface and perform illegal abortions, protected by radical Democratic prosecutors and other local Democratic officials,” they wrote. “This illegal abortion industry will be well-funded and well-organized, operating as an illegal abortion business that must be stopped to prevent illegal abortions.”

The group’s model legislation comes as Democratic members of Congress are introducing bills to block intimate data collected by tech companies — including, more broadly, location data — that could be used in criminal subpoenas in states seeking to criminalize abortion care. .

A bill from California Congresswoman Sara Jacobs would strictly limit the sexual health data companies can collect, store and disclose, while a proposal from Senator Elizabeth Warren would ban data brokers from selling or transferring location and health data.

Legal analysts and abortion rights advocates have warned that the availability of location data and personal health data — such as Google search results and time-tracking apps — could be abused by anti-abortion activists and law enforcement.

Several prosecutors told the independent that they will not prosecute those seeking abortion care or offering abortions should state laws criminalizing care go into effect without Roe, let alone issue subpoenas for sensitive data in anti-abortion cases.

“There’s no point in wasting our time and energy thinking about how someone could do that,” Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza told reporters. The independent.

“But I think those fears and concerns are incredibly legitimate,” he said. “I think the implications for law enforcement, by using their authority in that way, would deeply undermine core democratic principles.”

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