Many Men Suing to Stop Abortions Even Where Legal

Threatening Prison For Women, Doctors, and Even Those Who Assist
WASHINGTON - May 5, 2024 - PRLog -- Many Men Suing to Stop Abortions Even Where Legal
Threatening Prison For Women, Doctors, and Even Those Who Assist

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2024) -  In a report on "a potential new strategy" to stop "women from traveling out of state to end their pregnancies," and how "men who disapprove of their partners' decisions" to have abortions in states where it is legal can stop them by  "filing their own civil lawsuits or by reporting the abortions to law enforcement," the Washington Post reports ( on one of many new anti-abortion legal tactics.

It notes that a man whose ex-partner planned to obtain an abortion where it is legal will use legal discovery - employing a deposition to require the woman to answer questions under threat of sanctions for perjury - to obtain all the necessary information, and use them to then "pursue wrongful-death claims against anyone involved in the killing of his unborn child."

His high-powered antiabortion attorney claims the ex-partner "could sue either under the state's wrongful-death statute or the novel Texas law known as Senate Bill 8 that allows private citizens to file suit against anyone who 'aids or abets' an illegal abortion."

This type of law suit, by the way, can be brought not only by husbands or ex-partners, but also by anyone - including anti-abortion activists - who learn the details about an illegal abortion.

Law professor Banzhaf, in an exhaustive legal analysis, also explained how fetal personhood - which doesn't even require new laws, and grants any fetus the same legal rights and protections as any person - has been described as the "ultimate goal of the anti-abortion movement," fetal estate lawsuits (which have been brought for many years), and other ongoing novel legal actions are threatening abortion rights, even where abortions are legal.  SEE:
Banzhaf, How Fetal Personhood and Fetal Estate Lawsuits Threaten Abortion Rights (

He also explains that even if the lawsuits and threats of criminal prosecutions are ultimately not successful, the risks - as well as the legal costs and other burdens of defending against them - are likely to deter many women, and those who might think about assisting a pregnant woman in any way, from terminating their pregnancies.

Banzhaf notes, for example, that a doctor who was sued for prescribing abortion pills in Arizona had her annual medical malpractice insurance rate more than double from $32,000 to $67,000.  @profbanzhaf

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