A groundbreaking new Texas law, that protects every unborn child with a detectable heartbeat from being killed by an abortion, has taken effect after it cleared its latest hurdle in the Supreme Court.
The “heartbeat” law will effectively outlaw abortions in the state after 6 weeks and also gives any citizen – including those outside Texas – the right to take legal action against anyone who ‘aids and abets’ the termination of a pregnancy after the cut off point.
“The life of every unborn child with a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said when he signed the bill in May.
The bill is unique in how the ban will be enforced and will not punish women if they commission an abortion, according to Rebecca Parma – a senior legislative associate at Texas Right to Life.
The Texas Heartbeat Act is novel in approach, allowing for citizens to hold abortionists accountable through