No lawsuits appeared to have been filed, but call centers for abortion services turned into help lines crowded with crying women. Some began seeking services by crossing state lines.

Uber has said it will pay all legal fees or fines for any drivers fined for taking customers to abortion clinics to kill babies in illegal abortions.

The law makes it illegal to help women in Texas access abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy. To help enforce it, anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life established the digital tipline where people can send anonymous information about potential violations.


“Any Texan can bring a lawsuit against an abortionist or someone aiding and abetting an abortion after six weeks,” the website reads, and those proved to be violating the law can be fined a minimum of $10,000. An online form allows anyone to submit an anonymous “report” of someone illegally obtaining an abortion, including a section where images can be uploaded for proof.

The ruling suddenly forced them, as well as abortion providers, to confront a legal situation that has little precedent but an immediate impact on women across the state.

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The law essentially bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and, uniquely, allows private citizens to bring suit against abortion providers. On Thursday, anti-abortion groups were on the hunt for viable lawsuits even as other conservative states considered emulating the Texas legislation.

“You can only dream of these kinds of things,” said Melanie Salazar, who headed a student anti-abortion group at the University of Texas at San Antonio. “To be young, to be an activist, this is definitely a celebratory time.”