Texas Passes “Heartbeat Bill” – Banning Abortions As Soon As Six Weeks Pregnant

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Texas Passes “Heartbeat Bill” – Banning Abortions As Soon As Six Weeks Pregnant


Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed a strict abortion bill, banning the procedure as early as six weeks pregnant.

The controversial bill – Senate Bill 8 – is known as the “Heartbeat Bill” because it prohibits abortion once the fetal heartbeat is detected, often before it is detected. ‘a woman knows she is pregnant.

This also includes cases where a woman has become pregnant as a result of rape or incest.

Signing the bill, Abbott said, “Our creator gave us the right to life, yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion. In Texas, we are working to save those lives, and that is exactly what the Texas Legislature did this session. ”

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Greg Abbott signed the bill in Texas

Pro-life activists hailed the bill as “vital,” while pro-choice groups have vowed to fight it.

“Texas has now joined the new wave of extreme abortion bans voted this year across the United States,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

“This bill essentially opens the floodgates to allow anyone opposed to abortion to sue doctors and clinics, consuming their resources and forcing them to shut down. We will pursue all legal options to prevent this law from coming into force. “

Unlike previous abortion legislation where the government enforces the law, this bill allows private citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone who helps a woman to have an abortion after a heartbeat has suffered. been detected.

The law comes into force in September if it is not ordered by a court.

Eight other US states have issued similar six-week bans, and previously all have been blocked by the courts.

More than 90% of abortions take place in a woman’s first 13 weeks of pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Texas bill comes shortly after Supreme Court announced plans to revise Mississippi’s attempt to ban most abortions after 15 weeks, opening the door for a reversal or shrinking of Roe v Wade – the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.

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