Happening Now: After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene on an emergency basis, the Texas Fetal Heartbeat Bill has become law. Texas is now the most restrictive state in the United States when it comes to the ability of a woman to receive an abortion. The Texas law even applies to rape and incest victims.
“A Texas law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected went into effect on Wednesday morning after the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court failed to act on emergency requests to stay the law,” according to National Review. [emphasis added]
“The law was signed by Governor Greg Abbott in May, and has been challenged by various abortion providers. A fetal heartbeat can usually be detected at about the sixth week of pregnancy. Twelve other states have passed fetal heartbeat laws but they have all been struck down by the courts, making Texas the first state to successfully implement the measure, according to the Associated Press. [emphasis added]
“Supreme Court precedent prohibits the banning of abortion before the point of fetal viability, which usually occurs around 20 weeks but has been reduced in recent years thanks to medical advances…
“The Supreme Court is set to consider a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the coming term, which begins in October. The case concerns a Mississippi law which bans abortion after 15 weeks.” [emphasis added]
For more of this report, please go to National Review.
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