Texas Abortion Law Prompts Taliban Comparisons

The Texas abortion ban has prompted widespread comparisons to the Taliban as many high-profile figures express their frustration with the restrictive new law.

The Lone Star state's new ban prohibits most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy and is now one of the harshest laws of its kind in the country.

The new law's passing has been met with anger by Democrats and progressives as the new ruling is a major blow to Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortions nationwide.

The law was signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott back in May and took effect on Wednesday, September 1. It prohibits abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks into a pregnancy—this is typically before most women even know they are pregnant.

"The Taliban would love the Texas abortion law," tweeted author Stephen King.

The Taliban would love the Texas abortion law.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 1, 2021

While actor Michael Rapaport shared a similar sentiment, tweeting: "In Texas it's My Body My Choice regarding Vaccinations but that doesn't apply for Women having abortions. "Rape so what! Incest so what! Texas is on some Taliban sh*t now."

In Texas it’s My Body My Choice regarding Vaccinations but that doesn’t apply for Women having abortions.

Rape so what!
Incest so what!

Texas is on some Taliban sh*t now.

All this is on the new @iamrapaport :https://t.co/YVEv5rL1Eo pic.twitter.com/HJCPLeb0uf

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) September 1, 2021

Actress Ellen Barkin added: "And so we are back in the bathroom bleeding out on the floor. #TexasTaliban #PackTheCourt."

And so we are back in the bathroom bleeding out on the floor.#TexasTaliban #PackTheCourt

— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) September 1, 2021

Harry Shearer, voice actor from The Simpsons, tweeted: "Remarkable that, in the same week, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan AND the Texas legislature."

Remarkable that, in the same week, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan AND the Texas legislature.

— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) September 1, 2021

Political pundit Cheri Jacobus tweeted: "We need an airlift out of Taliban Texas. Women and girls first."

We need an airlift out of Taliban Texas. Women and girls first.

— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) September 1, 2021

Columnist Aisha Sultan added: "A young girl who is brutally raped is forced to carry her pregnancy to term. Is this life for women under the Taliban in Afghanistan? Or is this life for women under the GOP in Texas?"

A young girl who is brutally raped is forced to carry her pregnancy to term.

Is this life for women under the Taliban in Afghanistan?

Or is this life for women under the GOP in Texas?#RoeVWade https://t.co/LY9SjtdgjC

— Aisha Sultan (@AishaS) September 1, 2021

The comparison is timely as the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in recent weeks following the withdrawal of the U.S. from the country.

Historically, the Taliban has not supported educating girls or providing healthcare for women and are synonymous with various human rights and cultural abuses per their extremist ideology and Sharia law.

When recently questioned about the Taliban's treatment of women, a commander for the group told CNN: "The female, the woman can continue their life and we will not say anything for them. They can go to the school. They can continue their education with Islamic hijab."

While some comparisons are being made to the extremity of Sharia law regarding women and the new law that passed in Texas this week, others disagree.

"Stop with the 'sharia law in Texas' bulls***," tweeted legal analyst Imani Gandy. "This is right wing Christian evangelicalism. Homegrown. Stop invoking a racist bogeyman."

Stop with the “sharia law in Texas“ bullshit.

This is right wing Christian evangelicalism. Homegrown. Stop invoking a racist bogeyman.

— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) September 1, 2021

While human rights lawyer Qasim Rashid added: "Sharia Law is trending b/c people think the Texas abortion ban is what Sharia teaches. No, Texas GOP extremism is 100% home grown extremism. Don't blame Sharia."

Sharia Law is trending b/c people think the Texas abortion ban is what Sharia teaches. No, Texas GOP extremism is 100% home grown extremism. Don't blame Sharia.

Let me disabuse y'all of this offensive & harmful ignorance, w/knowledge on what Sharia actually is.

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— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) September 1, 2021
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InfoWars host Owen Shroyer records himself disrupting a pro choice protest outside the Texas state capitol on May 29, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Thousands of protesters came out in response to a new bill outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected signed on Wednesday by Texas Governor Greg Abbot. Sergio Flores/Getty Images