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Reactionary professors in Texas demand legal right to police the sex lives of their students

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The anti-abortion lobby is not reluctant to tell you exactly who they are:

Some wild news out of Texas (I know, not surprising): The New Republic reports that professors at the University of Texas at Austin are suing for the ability to punish students who take time off for abortion. The complaint, brought by America First Legal, needs to be read to be believed. Philosophy professor Daniel Bonevac and business and finance professor John Hatfield sound downright petulant in their declarations, refusing to offer an “excused absence” for students who obtain abortions—whether they’re traveling out-of-state or taking medication there in Texas. But wait, there’s more:

“I will certainly accommodate students who are seeking medically necessary abortions in response to a pregnancy that threatens the student’s life or health. But I will not accommodate a purely elective abortion that serves only to kill an unborn child that was conceived through an act of voluntary and consensual sexual intercourse.”

I would absolutely love to know how these men expect students to ‘prove’ that their abortions were medically necessary or urgent. Will Bonevac and Hatfield pour over young women’s medical records to decide if they really needed that abortion?

Naturally, these men’s disdain doesn’t stop at women’s reproductive rights. They also say they won’t use students’ correct pronouns, writing, “I will not violate the rules of grammar or compromise my educational mission to accommodate a student’s delusional beliefs.” Assholes.

Here’s another legal claim that Stephen Miller’s legal chop shop is making in this case:

Contends that the Biden Administration has violated the Major Questions Doctrine by expanding Title IX to serve a radical gender identity agenda.

It’s not news that “major questions doctrine” is “whatever a statute says, what it means must correspond with the policy preferences of the median vote of the Supreme Court as long as that vote is Republican,” but there’s a another data point for you.

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