Eleven members of the Texas State Legislature have fired off a letter to Sidley Austin, one of many largest regulation corporations within the U.S., threatening the agency and its attorneys with prison prosecution and disbarment in the event that they in any method facilitate abortions, even in different states.
The letter, despatched to the Chair of the agency’s administration committee and obtained by TMZ, states the Texas Freedom Caucus — run by the 11 Texas Republican representatives — has turn into conscious Sidley Austin is “reimbursing journey prices of workers who go away Texas to homicide their unborn kids.” The Caucus additionally accuses the agency of complicity in performing unlawful abortions.
Rep. Mayes Middleton, the Chair of the Caucus who signed the letter, warns Sidley Austin abortion is a felony in Texas except the mom’s life is at risk. Middleton notes the regulation covers “drug-induced abortions if any a part of the drug routine is ingested in Texas, even when the medicine have been allotted by an out-of-state abortionist.”
Middleton threatens, if Sidley Austin violates the regulation, the agency and all the companions will likely be topic to prison prosecution and disbarment.
And perhaps essentially the most ominous … the letter says Sidley “could have aided or abetted drug-induced abortions in violation of the Texas Heartbeat Act, by paying for abortions (or abortion-related journey) during which the affected person ingested the second drug in Texas after receiving the medicine from an out-of-state supplier.” The letter goes on to say there may be litigation underway to uncover the id of the attorneys who did this. The letter calls for Sidley protect all paperwork associated to any lawyer who mainly helped any girl get an abortion after Sept. 1, 2021 — the date the Texas Heartbeat Act was enacted.
The letter goes on to warn the regulation agency and its 2,000 attorneys … there will likely be new laws within the subsequent session of the Texas State Legislature that may particularly goal regulation corporations that pay for abortion or abortion-related journey.
The laws would additionally give non-public residents the appropriate to sue anybody who pays for an elective abortion carried out on a Texas resident … whether or not they pay instantly or reimburse. It’ll additionally incentivize residents who convey these lawsuits with a $10,000 bounty in the event that they prevail.
There’s extra … the brand new laws would require the Texas State Bar to disbar any legal professional who violates the anti-abortion regulation. And, if the State Bar refuses to behave, then members of the general public can sue the State Bar and get a choose to require the Bar to disbar the offending lawyer.
And in case there are any D.A.’s who will not implement the regulation … the proposed laws would give any D.A. within the State the appropriate to prosecute even exterior their jurisdiction.
We tried to contact Sidley Austin for remark however have been unable to succeed in them.