GOP Texas Governor Greg Abbott this week signed a bill that bans abortions in his state but that leaves enforcement up to citizens, who can now sue people connected to abortions.
The law brings the state closer to other conservative states that have outlawed abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be heard, possibly as soon as six weeks. The law will take effect in September, but faces court challenges as similar sorts of laws have been upturned.
But with the Supreme Court agreeing to hear a Mississippi law that prevents abortions after 15 weeks, abortion supporters are concerned about a favorable outcome for the law. And that it could lead to more such laws.
“The life of every child with a heartbeat will be guarded from the terrors of abortion,” Abbott said while signing the bill.
Texas’ version of the law is different in that it does not let officials enforce the abortion ban. Instead, it allows citizens — even non-citizens of Texas — to sue anyone connected to an abortion.
Texas law currently outlaws abortions after 20 weeks, with exceptions for life-threatening problems in the mother or if the fetus has severe issues.
The Supreme Court will possibly hear the Mississippi case this fall, with a ruling likely due in 2022.
Author: Scott Dowdy