Texas Bill Means Abortions After Six Weeks Are Now Banned

A new Texas bill means abortions are banned after six weeks, according to reports.
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A new Texas bill means abortions are banned after the six-week mark, according to reports.

The restrictive new ‘Heartbeat Act’ has reportedly been signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

However, the move has been blasted by both medical professionals and women’s rights groups.

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) dubbed it a ‘blatantly unconstitutional’ move.

A representative commented: “Access to almost all abortion has just been cut off for millions of people.”

Planned Parenthood also had its say on the matter and shared a tweet blasting the act.

It read: “No matter what, we aren’t backing down and we are still fighting. Everyone deserves access to abortion.”

Medical professionals have reportedly said the term ‘heartbeat’ is deceiving in this situation, as any beat that is being detected before six weeks will just be fetal tissue becoming a heart.

However, there are cases that will be an exception to the legislation.

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A new Texas bill means abortions after six weeks are banned, according to reports. Credit: Unsplash

In case of a medical emergency, a pregnant person can undergo a termination, as long as a doctor has given written proof.

This doesn’t take into account pregnancies that are a result of incest or rape.

According to a survey by Pew Research Centre, almost six in 10 Americans do believe that abortion should be legal in most cases.

In Texas, half of those who voted said they were in support of the six weeks and upwards abortion ban.

But it isn’t the only state to enforce this ruling, as it’s already been passed in Idaho, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.