Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs law banning abortions after 6 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs law banning abortions after 6 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest
In this Wednesday, March 17, 2021, file photo, Texas Gov Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference about migrant children detentions, in Dallas.Associated Press/LM Otero
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Wednesday a restrictive abortion ban.
  • The law bans abortions after six weeks and does not include exceptions for rape or incest.
  • The legislation will take effect in September 2021.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Wednesday a restrictive abortion law that bans abortion after six weeks of gestation with no exception for rape or incest.

The law does, however, contain an exception for medical emergencies.

The new legislation also allows Texas citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone who helped someone obtain an abortion after a fetal heartbeat was detected for up to $10,000 for every abortion performed, even if the individual had no connection to the person who obtained the abortion.

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The law was signed one day after the US Supreme Court said it planned to take up a case involving a restrictive abortion law in Mississippi.

The new law takes effect on September 1, according to Click2Houston.

In a video posted to Facebook, Abbott said lawmakers "worked together on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill that I'm about to sign that ensures that the life of every unborn child who has a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion," according to the report.

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There were 53,565 recorded abortions for Texas residents in 2020, according to Texas Health and Human Services.

When asked about the lack of exceptions for rape or incest, the legislation's Senate sponsor Sen. Bryan Hughes told CNN that law enforcement should hold the perpetrators accountable but should refrain from hurting the fetus.

"Let's harshly punish the rapist, but we don't, we don't punish the unborn child," Hughes said.

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Drucilla Tigner, the policy and advocacy strategist at the ACLU in Texas, told the Austin-American Statesman that the new regulations violate federal law.

"Not only does this ban violate more than half a century of Supreme Court case law, it paves the way for anti-choice extremists to use our court system to go after anyone who performs abortions or considers supporting a person that has one," Tigner said. "But make no mistake, abortion is both legal in Texas and supported by the majority of Texans. The governor's swipe of a pen can't change the Constitution."

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