The Texas Tribune is reporting Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a measure into law that will ban abortions in Texas as early as six weeks.
The signing of the bill opens a new frontier in the battle over abortion restrictions as first-of-its-kind legal provisions — intended to make the law harder to block — are poised to be tested in the courts.
Abortion rights advocates have promised to challenge the new law, which they consider one of the most extreme nationwide and the strictest in Texas since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
It would amount to an outright ban on abortions, as the six-week cutoff is two weeks after a missed menstrual cycle.
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The new law has no exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
The new law goes into effect in September.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott just signed a bill into law that bans abortion at 6 weeks, before many women even realize they’re pregnant, and allows Texans to sue anyone who provides abortions or even helps someone to get an abortion.
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) May 19, 2021
Texas just passed a bill banning abortions as early as 6 weeks. Most women don’t know they’re pregnant until at least 5 weeks. Even if detected early, the ability to make an informed decision will now be rushed.
I am so unbelievably disappointed in Texas right now.
— Kolleen (@littlewhitty) May 14, 2021
BREAKING: Texas Gov. Abbott just signed law to ban abortion as early as 6 weeks, before many know they're pregnant. No exceptions for rape or incest. Almost *anyone* can sue anyone who "aids or abets" the abortion: provider, front desk staff, person who drove the patient, etc.
— Sophie Novack (@SophieNovack) May 19, 2021