The United States Supreme Court did not block Texas’ “heartbeat law” and now women in the state, health professionals and those close to them can be found guilty of terminating a pregnancy or helping with the process. Abortion right critics say the measure will help create “bounty hunters” who will seek a $10,000 prize.
Sanctioned by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May after being passed by a state Senate also dominated by the Republican Party, the law states that abortions are prohibited from the moment a heart pulse is detected in the fetus, which occurs around Friday week. There is no exception for rape cases.
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The University of Austin has published a study in which it says that the legislation will prevent the majority of Texas women from having access to abortion and that black and low-income women will be the most affected.
In 1973, the US Supreme Court ruled in the “Roe v. Wade” case that termination of pregnancy would be a right of women in the country. Other states had already passed “heartbeat laws” to make access to abortion difficult, but these initiatives had been barred by the judiciary. With former Republican President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominations, however, the pro-choice majority may be gone.
Edition: Arturo Hartmann