On Wednesday morning, a controversial abortion law called SB8 took effect in Texas.According to CNN, abortion after six weeks is now National prohibition After the Supreme Court did not respond to an urgent request to block law enforcement.
Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott Sign SB 8 It became law in May. If a heartbeat is detected, it prohibits the doctor from performing or inducing an abortion. Medical emergencies, excluding rape and incest, are the only exceptions.
If the law is still in effect, anyone who helps pregnant women seek medical procedures could face consequences. According to SB 8, private citizens can bring civil actions against the provider and anyone who “helps or abets” an abortion. As of now, these lawsuits “can generate at least $10,000 in’statutory damages’,” According to CNBC.
“It remains to be seen what will happen to this law in the end, but now because of their inaction, the judges have allowed the strictest abortion restrictions since Rowe v. Wade to be enforced for at least a period of time,” CNN Supreme Said Steve Fradeck, a court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
Texas law is one of the strictest, and is reportedly the first six-week ban in the country to be allowed to take effect. According to the testimony of medical experts, most people do not even know that they are pregnant at the beginning of the fetal heartbeat or six weeks before.
The provider previously requested that this bill be blocked. They warned that making it effective would “immediately and disastrously reduce the chances of abortion in Texas.” In addition to closing abortion clinics, they also said that this lawsuit may open the floodgates of who can be sued. There are no restrictions from those who drive to the clinic, to friends or parents who help pay for it, or the clergy who helps in any way.
The Supreme Court’s inaction comes just before they plan to rule on another Mississippi law that seeks to prohibit abortion for 15 weeks. You may remember that Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide in 1973 and approved the procedure until feasible, which is about 24 weeks.
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