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Dershowitz: Texas abortion bounty approach could be adopted in states that want to ban handgun ownership

September 16, 2021


Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, is suggesting a political response to the Texas abortion law that offers $10,000 to private citizens who sue those who help secure abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.

In an op-ed for the Hill, Dershowitz suggested that liberal states could enact laws offering similar bounties for citizen lawsuits against anyone who facilitates the sale or ownership of handguns.

Dershowitz pointed out that the right to abortion and gun ownership are both protected by the U.S. Supreme Court decisions Roe v. Wade and Heller v. District of Columbia. “Two constitutional wrongs do not a constitutional right make,” he wrote, but a handgun bounty could send a message and give pause to conservatives on the Supreme Court considering the Texas law in new challenges.

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