The Lead: Texas v. Abortions
Abortion is a hot-button issue right now as a Texas law went into effect that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court has been asked to place an emergency hold on the law while it is being appealed but they have not yet so for now, the law is law.
This is the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. It states that a woman cannot abort a pregnancy after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, which happens around the sixth week. Many women do not know they are pregnant by the sixth week, meaning that some women may discover their pregnancy too late to give them a choice. Some say that 85% of current abortions will now be disallowed.
The Texas law is unusual in that it gives private citizens the right to sue abortion providers for at least $10,000. So if I think my neighbor received an abortion, I can now sue her doctor if I live in Texas.
The Associated Press points out that “at least 12 other states have enacted bans on abortion early in pregnancy, but all have been blocked from going into effect.” Not this one though. This one is in effect for now but this is clearly not the end of the story.