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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Formally Signs Abortion Bill Into Law Banning Abortions As Early As Six Weeks

 #Roommates, throughout the last few years various states have attempted to sign controversial abortion bills into law only to have them blocked by the courts—however, Texas has proved successful in its quest to make early abortions illegal. Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott just officially signed a bill into law that bans all abortions as early as six weeks.

@APNews reports, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has officially made it illegal in the state for women to receive an abortion as early as six weeks—which is before most women even realize they are actually pregnant. The law is said to formally go into effect in September of this year and it also allows citizens (instead of state officials) to sue doctors or anyone who assists in helping a woman receive an abortion in the state, which can carry financial damages totaling up to $10,000.

While signing the highly controversial bill into law, Governor Abbott stated, “The life of every unborn child with a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion.” Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi previously had similar “heartbeat bills” on the table to block early abortions, but all of those states saw their efforts shut down by the court system.

As expected, pro-life advocates are furious at the Governor Abbott’s signing of the abortion bill. The President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Alexis McGill Johnson, said “The goal is clear, to relentlessly attack our reproductive rights until abortion is a right in name only. Passing these bills is not leadership, it is cruelty and extremism.”

Currently, Texas law bans abortion after 20 weeks, however this new law would lower that timeframe significantly. According to the CDC, over 90% of abortions take place in the first 13 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy.

 

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