The Handmaid’s Tale is now eligible to win best documentary. A law written to escape the oversight of the Supreme Court has achieved its goal as a 5-4 majority allowed Texas’s anti-abortion law, known as SB 8, to stand. The law isn’t just about restricting abortion, it’s also about enabling, and even encouraging, financially-based vigilante justice. It’s no surprise that a Supreme Court majority built to overturn Roe would lean into the effort. But that this absurd law has been allowed to stand is definitely a shock to the Constitution. I’ll let Justice Sonia Sotomayor explain: “In effect, the Texas Legislature has deputized the State’s citizens as bounty hunters, offering them cash prizes for civilly prosecuting their neighbors’ medical procedures … Taken together, the Act is a breathtaking act of defiance—of the Constitution, of this Court’s precedents, and of the rights of women seeking abortions throughout Texas … Today, the Court finally tells the Nation that it declined to act because, in short, the State’s gambit worked. … It cannot be the case that a State can evade federal judicial scrutiny by outsourcing the enforcement of unconstitutional laws to its citizenry.” (It’s bad enough when men make decisions about women’s bodies. It’s worse when those men include Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, and Donald Trump.)

+ Vox: Texas’s radical anti-abortion law, explained.

+ Joe Biden said his administration would launch a “whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision.” (While we’re on the topic. Breyer, retire.)

+ In other Texas news, the governor is fighting to make sure schools can’t use mask mandates to protect kids, voting rights have been severely limited, and Texans can now openly carry guns in public without a permit or training.