Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a landmark bill that automatically bans abortions across the Lone Star State. The legislation now depends on the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the federal Roe v. Wade landmark decision.
Texas lawmakers are optimistic about their chances of restricting abortion practices across the state to the maximum extent possible. They gave final approval for the Protecting Human Life Act (House Bill 1280), with 19 votes for and 12 against.
The legislation protects unborn babies through completely banning abortion or as much as the Supreme Court allows after overturning Roe v. Wade–which legalized abortions nationwide in 1973.
If the court returns abortion decision-making to the states, the latest abortion ban will take effect 30 days after. Some exceptions will be permitted like if the mother’s life is in danger, or she might suffer a “substantial impairment of a major bodily function.” Abortionists who violate the measure could also face fines or prison sentences.
“I am signing a law today that will save babies from the ravages of abortion,” the governor said in a video shared on Twitter. “Under this law, the moment Roe v. Wade is overturned abortions will be outlawed in the state of Texas.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott:— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) July 20, 2021
“I’m signing a law today that will save babies from the ravages of abortion.”
“Under this law, the moment Roe v. Wade is overturned abortions will be outlawed in the state of Texas.”https://t.co/f7wqCueGJd pic.twitter.com/WUlcKQW6MZ
State Sen. Angela Paxton (R) sponsored the bill, and used a Senate hearing to declare the changes would defend human rights for both the born and unborn.
“All Texans deserve the opportunity to experience life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Paxton said according to Dallas News. “I believe House Bill 1280 … is the appropriate vehicle to ensure that this right is immediately protected, should the Supreme Court overturn the current precedent.”
Following a slew of pro-life initiatives in recent months, the Lone Star State is increasingly leading a push against the multi-billion dollar abortion industry supported by businessmen, politicians and left-leaning activists.
The Texas Senate passed a bill to ban postal marketing of abortion drugs. The bill will move to the state House, where it is expected to easily pass. Abbott will then sign it into law.
Senate Bill 4 proposes amending current Texas abortion law to add different ways to report abortion complications. It changes drug-induced abortion regulations, their approval requirements and also prohibits mailing them.
State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D) sponsored that bill. If passed, the legislation will prohibit drugs commonly used to induce abortion from being delivered by mail or other services.
On May 19, Abbott signed a different bill banning abortions performed after a fetal heartbeat is detected. BL understands this would usually happen from the sixth week of pregnancy.
If the Protecting Human Life Act is fully implemented, abortion would be comprehensively banned and even exceed the scope of current “heartbeat” legislation. Pro-life groups have welcomed the initiative.