Man in Texas Sues Ex-partner Who Travelled for Abortion in Colorado

A woman from Texas who went to another state to have an abortion is being warned of possible legal consequences by her ex-boyfriend, who also wants to take action against anyone who assisted her.

The woman, who has not been named, legally sought an abortion in Colorado in late February. When her ex-partner, Collin Davis, learned about her plans, he hired an attorney named Jonathan Mitchell who is against abortion.

The lawyer, as reported by The Washington Post, threatened to conduct a complete investigation if the woman went ahead with the abortion. The woman did proceed with the abortion.

“It’s important for people to know that it’s not illegal to travel from Texas or any other state in the country to get an abortion,” said Molly Duane, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, in an interview with the Post.

However, Mr. Davis and his attorney are still taking legal action against the woman and others who they believe were involved in the death of his unborn child, according to a letter seen by the outlet.

Mr. Davis is arguing that the people who assisted his ex-girlfriend are the ones who violated Texas’ strict abortion laws. These laws allow citizens to sue anyone who helps with an illegal abortion, even if the woman herself cannot be sued.

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It is still legal to travel to another state to get an abortion anywhere in the country. However, Mr. Davis and his attorney, Mr. Mitchell, still face a challenge. According to district attorneys, it is challenging to enforce many abortion laws.

The Independent has asked the lawyer, who played a key role in implementing Texas’ current abortion ban, for more information, but he has not responded yet.

According to him, fathers of aborted fetuses can take legal action for wrongful death in states that have banned abortion, even if the abortion happens in a different state.

Mr. Mitchell has previous experience with a similar case. In this case, a man is suing three women over an abortion that occurred in the weeks after the Roe v Wade decision was overturned in 2022.

In this situation, the woman’s friends are being accused of assisting her in obtaining abortion medication. Text messages exchanged between the women are being used as evidence.

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The Center for Reproductive Rights says that these cases demonstrate increasing efforts by people who are against abortion to further limit women’s rights.

“There are efforts happening nationwide to prevent people from leaving states where abortion is illegal,” stated Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center.

“The anti-abortion movement wants to make it difficult for people to have abortions across the country, and this is a very concerning move in that direction.” Abortion is a major topic for the upcoming 2024 election, as several states are having debates about nearly complete bans on abortion.

A judge at the federal level recently decided that certain policies regarding abortion in North Carolina were illegal. In Arizona, a ban from the Civil War era is expected to be overturned, but it may take several months before the restrictions are completely lifted.

Approximately half of the states in the United States have very strict laws regarding abortion. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have promised to oppose these laws leading up to the November election.

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