New Texas Abortion Law Goes Into Effect

New Texas Abortion Law Goes Into Effect

( – Eleven states passed a total of 90 laws restricting abortion in the first six months of 2021 — the most in a single year since the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. Similarly, nine states enacted laws banning abortions once doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat. At midnight on September 1, the Texas Heartbeat Act of 2021 went into effect, making it the nation’s strictest abortion law.

Opponents of the bill hoped the US Supreme Court would block enforcement of the measure. However, the Court rejected the request with a 5-4 vote. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the three liberal justices in dissent.

The law effectively bans all terminations after six weeks of pregnancy, as confirmed by a fetal heartbeat test. Unlike other abortion laws, the Texas statute does not provide any exemptions in the instance of rape or incest. In addition, doctors must document the medical necessity for any abortion performed after detecting a fetal heartbeat.

The law also cleverly states it doesn’t provide for any criminal prosecution of women receiving an abortion or any action by law enforcement officials. Instead, the law allows any person not employed by a state or local government entity to bring a lawsuit against any woman receiving an abortion in violation of the Texas Heartbeat Act.

Initiating legal action in the federal court system to block the statute becomes nearly impossible because of how legislators formulated the law.

Legal experts believe the US Supreme Court will eventually hand down a ruling regarding the constitutionality of the Texas Heartbeat Act. But for now, the High Court has declined to hear the case unrelated to the merits. Instead, it dismissed the action on a technicality.

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