From abortion to guns to critical race theory, new laws encourage private citizens to sue each other, but the result could lead to chaos and legal vigilantes

Kelsey Vlamis
Sat, January 29, 2022

A new slate of laws is
popping up that law enforcement agencies won't be upholding. Instead, private
citizens, like your neighbor or your coworker, would be the enforcer.

A law passed in Texas last year banned all abortions during the first six weeks
of pregnancy. As the means of enforcement, the bill encourages private citizens
to sue abortion providers — or anyone who assists in an abortion — and get
awarded at least $10,000 if they win.