On Wednesday, Texas became the first state to successfully ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected, usually at about six weeks gestation.
“Texas is now the first state ever to enforce a heartbeat law,” the pro-life organization Texas Right to Life celebrated.
Unlike other fetal heartbeat abortion restrictions, the Texas law puts enforcement into the hands of private citizens and courts. Citizens can sue an abortion provider for $10,000 per violation if they perform or facilitate an abortion.
“More than 85% of abortions will be abolished in Texas,” Abby Johnson said. Johnson is a Texas resident who formerly worked for Planned Parenthood but changed her stance to pro-life and left the organization.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday night declined to block the law.
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