Texas 6-week abortion ban takes effect, with high court mum

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By Itoro Umontuen | on September 01, 2021

By Mark Sherman | The Associated Press

FILE – In this May 5, 2021, record photo, Texas authorities Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, halfway astatine lectern, stands with chap lawmakers successful the House Chamber successful Austin, Texas, arsenic she opposes a measure introduced that would prohibition abortions arsenic aboriginal arsenic six weeks and let backstage citizens to enforce it done civilian lawsuits, nether a measurement fixed preliminary support by the Republican-dominated House. A Texas instrumentality banning astir abortions successful the authorities took effect astatine midnight connected Sept. 1 but the Supreme Court has yet to enactment connected an exigency entreaty to enactment the instrumentality connected hold. If allowed to stay successful force, the instrumentality would beryllium the astir melodramatic regularisation connected termination rights successful the United States since the precocious court’s landmark Roe v. Wade determination legalized termination crossed the state successful 1973. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

A Texas instrumentality banning astir abortions successful the authorities took effect astatine midnight, but the Supreme Court has yet to enactment connected an exigency entreaty to enactment the instrumentality connected hold.

If allowed to stay successful force, the instrumentality would beryllium the astir melodramatic regularisation connected termination rights successful the United States since the precocious court’s landmark Roe v. Wade determination legalized termination crossed the state successful 1973.

The Texas law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott successful May, would prohibit abortions erstwhile a fetal heartbeat tin beryllium detected, usually astir six weeks and earlier astir women adjacent cognize they’re pregnant.

Abortion providers who are asking the Supreme Court to measurement successful said the instrumentality would regularisation retired 85% of abortions successful Texas and unit galore clinics to close. Planned Parenthood is among the termination providers that person stopped scheduling abortions beyond six weeks from conception.

At slightest 12 different states person enacted bans connected termination aboriginal successful pregnancy, but each person been blocked from going into effect.

What makes the Texas instrumentality antithetic is its antithetic enforcement scheme. Rather than person officials liable for enforcing the law, backstage citizens are authorized to writer termination providers and anyone progressive successful facilitating abortions. Among different situations, that would see anyone who drives a pistillate to a session to get an abortion. Under the law, anyone who successfully sues different idiosyncratic would beryllium entitled to astatine slightest $10,000.

Abortion opponents who wrote the instrumentality besides made it hard to situation the instrumentality successful court, successful portion due to the fact that it’s hard to cognize whom to sue.

Texas has agelong had immoderate of the nation’s toughest termination restrictions, including a sweeping instrumentality passed successful 2013 that the Supreme Court yet struck down but not earlier much than fractional of the state’s 40-plus termination clinics closed.

Lawmakers besides are moving guardant successful an ongoing peculiar league successful Texas with projected caller restrictions connected medicine abortion, a method utilizing pills that accounts for astir 40% of abortions successful the U.S.

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