The reality star and candidate for California Governor Caitlyn Jenner, in an interview, said she supported the new abortion restriction enacted in Texas.
“I am for a woman’s right to choose. I am also for a state having the ability to make their own laws. So I support Texas in that decision, that’s their decision,” the Republican said in an interview with CNN.
Reiterating that she believed in the right to choose, Jenner—who is running for the governor post in a recall election, said she did not expect California to enact a similar law.
“But as far as being a woman’s right to choose, I don’t see any changes in our laws in California in the future,” Jenner added.
Last week, despite an outcry from pro-choice groups and those who want to promote safe abortion, the Heartbeat bill came into effect.
The allegedly most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. bars abortion of pregnancy as early as six weeks old, typically when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
When questioned about why Jenner would not oppose the law, Jenner re-explained that she respects the choice of the Texas lawmakers.
“I think that they have the right in their state to do what they want to do,” Jenner said. “Now do I agree with the decision or not? No. To be honest with you I actually probably do not agree with the decision. But I agree that they do have the right to make their own decision.”
The bill’s enforcement is handled in that anyone can sue abortion doctors or anyone else who “aids or abets” the practice and receive up to $10,000.
Exceptions exist for medical emergencies, and women seeking abortion against the law will not be legally challenged.
People objecting to the law pointed out that it does not allow abortion even for incest or rape victims. Yet, Governor Greg Abbott recently said, “obviously it provides at least 6 weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion.”
Other arguments against the Heartbeat bill say the women could seek an unsafe abortion or that people could sue clinics for their own gain instead of a pure intention to protect unborn lives.
But pro-life in general and those supporting it praised the law for saving more baby’s lives from being terminated.
“Right now in the great state of Texas, every single child with a detectable heartbeat is legally protected from being killed by the violence of abortion,” said Live Action’s Lila Rose.
In a tweet, she noted her belief that “being a woman or being pregnant does not give you license to kill.”
“The Texas law may be bad politics for helping the GOP. But it is good policy for saving babies. Saving lives is more important than saving the GOP,” said conservative radio host Erick Erickson.