Nation’s most restrictive abortion law goes into effect in Texas

Courtesy of The Texan

Brooklynn Wilkes, Correspondent

Texas Senate Bill 8 just went into effect on September 1 and will also be known as the Texas Heartbeat Act.

The Supreme Court has decided against blocking this law which now prohibits most abortions after six weeks. Texas abortion providers have now been turning away any abortions if they are roughly after six weeks in order to comply with the new law. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed this law prohibiting abortions as early as six weeks and allowing, in some cases, the chance for private citizens to sue abortion providers and others involved. This can include someone who gives a woman a ride to obtain an abortion and anyone who gives financial assistance to aid someone in getting an abortion. Those suing could win $10,000 and have their legal fees recovered.

This law will also not make any exceptions for cases involving rape or incest. As soon as a heartbeat is detectable, normally around six weeks, an abortion would not be performed. If a physician is unable to detect a heartbeat and is at appropriate gestational age, before six weeks, an abortion may be performed. 

The Texas Heartbeat Act does allow abortions due to a very small list of health reason. An abortion can be performed if it endangers the mother’s life or if having the baby could lead to irreversible impairment of a major bodily function. This will lead physicians to be careful in determining if it is safe for a pregnancy to continue due to not wanting to break the law. 

Since the law has gone into effect a large amount of Texas abortions are now currently prohibited, and it has become the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Other states have attempted to pass such a law but have fallen short on getting it implemented.

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