A Texas law that bans abortions as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy went into effect this morning after the US Supreme Court did not respond to abortion providers’ emergency appeal, The Texas Tribune reports.
- The law is considered one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country.
- About 85% of abortions that take place in the state would be affected, providers said. At 6 weeks, many don’t realize they’re pregnant.
- The law sidesteps Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, by shifting enforcement responsibilities from the state to private citizens empowered to sue anyone aiding an abortion once a “heartbeat” is detected.
Although the Supreme Court could still intervene, it already may be too late for many clinics that provide abortions, according to The 19th:
- The law will dramatically reduce patient numbers at clinics, forcing some to close.
- Donations to clinics will likely fall because donors could be held liable for aiding the procedures.
- Clinics that are sued could be shut down.