Texas passes abortion law


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A clinic worker stands outside a Planned Parenthood, acting as an escort for visiting patients.

J. Willey, Staff Reporter

Texas recently passed and enacted a controversial new law regarding abortion, called the “Heartbeat Law.” This makes it illegal for women to receive an abortion six-weeks after conception. 

The restrictiveness of this law makes it difficult for anyone to get an abortion in Texas. Although individuals who receive an abortion cannot face legal action, anyone found assisting an abortion after the 6-week mark, including those working at an abortion clinic, can be fined up to $10,000. Because of this, many abortion clinics strived to get all patients in before the law was passed. 

The Texas Tribune explains the law was passed by Texas Govenor Greg Abbott, who said that he signed this law because, “our creator endowed us with the right to life and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion.” 

The law was also passed by the Supreme Court. It was said in the New York Times that the Supreme Court “refused to block the abortion bill.” The vote was five to four in favor of enacting the law. The “Heartbeat Law” is only the latest battle regarding the controversial topic of abortion. Attorney Josh Blackwell said, “You can have random people who are against abortion start suing tomorrow.” 

This is very scary not only to patients, but to organizations such as Planned Parenthood as well. They will be served with fines of up to $10,000 if they go through with performing the operation.

The drama and controversy surrounding the abortion law continues to grow bigger and bigger, with President Joe Biden planning to sue Texas over this ban. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland shares those thoughts.

The act is clearly unconstitutional under long standing Supreme Court precedent,” Garland stated in a CNN article

This article continues on to describe how the new law has made things increasingly difficult for already-struggling clinics.  It has made many clinics afraid for women and their rights. 

“This kind of scheme to nullify the Constitution of the United States is one that all Americans — whatever their politics or party — should fear,” Attorney Garland said according to the CNN article. 

Governor Abbott is now setting an “example” for other states, who may try to also copy this law. Adding on that, Attorney Garland says that, “Texas’ approach could become a model for other states as well as other kinds of attack on other constitutional rights.”

 This brings fear to many people in the United States. Even though many clinics have appealed to the Supreme Court,  the court again “refused to block the law,” stated  in the same article. 

There is still an ongoing fight by President Biden to have this law blocked. Lawyers and other law officials are working on ways to help fix what’s been done. However, Elizabeth Graham has her doubts in Biden and his officials. 

“[Biden] is a puppet of the radical abortion agenda and his DOJ will quickly find that they do not have jurisdiction to stop the Texas Heartbeat Act,” said Graham, according to this Washington Post article. Elizabeth Graham is part of the anti-abortion group called “Texas Right to Life.” The group was one of many that  helped put this strict law in place. 

Garland, in contrast to Graham,  says he will try very hard to protect as many abortion clinics as possible. The fight over the “Heartbeat Law” is not over yet.