After the Senate voted, the initiative was handed over to Governor Greg Abbott
According to a measure passed by state legislators today, Austin-Texas will ban abortion during the first six weeks of pregnancy-before many women even know they are pregnant-and allow citizens to enforce it through civil lawsuits against doctors and others This rule.
After a vote in the Senate, the bill will be submitted to Governor Greg Abbott, who will enact the bill. In this way, Texas will join more than a dozen states ruled by the Republican Party. These states have passed so-called “strike laws” and are mostly blocked by federal courts. It is expected that this measure in Texas will soon be challenged in court by abortion rights organizations.
The proposal would prohibit the termination of pregnancy after the first “heartbeat” of the embryo is detected. Advanced technology can detect the electrical signal of the heart pa at six weeks of pregnancy, even though the embryo is not a fetus, nor does it have a heart. According to medical experts, embryos are called fetuses from the 11th week of pregnancy.
A unique Texas rule prohibits state officials from enforcing the ban. Instead, it allows anyone, even those who do not live in Texas, to sue a doctor or other person who might help someone have an abortion after the deadline, and seek compensation of up to $10,000 for each defendant. .
“The Texas Heartbeat Act uses a novel method that allows citizens to hold abortions accountable through private litigation. No other state has passed a heartbeat law that uses this strategy. Rebecca, Texas Senior Legislative Assistant to the Right to Life Rebecca Parma said the proposal will not punish women who have abortions.
Critics point out that the clause will cause those who oppose the procedure to flood the courts with lawsuits to harass doctors, patients, nurses, domestic violence consultants, friends who bring women to clinics, and even parents who pay for the procedure.
Medical groups oppose this measure.