Whoever you quoted isn't necessarily correct.
Let the plonker know whatever you wish from this, Redial:
Texas's new 6-week abortion ban provides a lucrative and risk-free financial incentive for any private citizen to haul doctors, abortion rights advocates, and anyone else suspected of helping people get access to abortion into court.
It shields people who bring these cases from being hit with legal costs even if they lose. Defendants, on the other hand, must pay the legal bills of the people suing them if they lose, in addition to a penalty of at least $10,000 per abortion performed
There is no collection nor any ability to sue the plaintiff if the defendant prevails. So if the accused wins, they're out all their defense costs and can't seek restitution. So my statement was (not intentionally) slightly vague, and should have been stated as a "no risk to sue" except for the cost of employing an attorney in a Civil Court.
But... then there's this:
Seago said his organization has already heard from volunteers willing to back civil suits. It is a risk-free proposition. If they win, they are entitled to damages of a minimum of $10,000 plus their legal costs. If they lose, they cannot be ordered to pay the defendant's legal fees.
If a plaintiff wins, the defendants "and any lawyer who dares represent them are on the hook for the plaintiff's legal fees," Sepper added. When a case fails, defendants lack the same power to rake money from the plaintiffs for the cost of fighting the lawsuit, she noted.
What lawyer is going to represent any defendant? The intent of this law is to fill the courts with lawsuits and force defendants into non-stop court filings and costs without any hope of recovering those costs, even if they prevail. By doing to they are forcing all providers to shut down.