Women’s rights organizations fear they will be outright hounded against anyone who supports pregnant women in abortion. A new abortion law comes into effect in the US state of Texas.
Washington (AP) – In the US state of Texas, most abortions are prohibited when a law comes into effect. The United States Supreme Court has yet to respond to an urgent petition to stop the law.
The massive restrictions for pregnant women have been in effect since Wednesday. “Access to almost all abortions has just been cut off for millions of people. The effects will be immediate and devastating, ”reacted the civil rights organization ACLU.
The law is known as the law of the heartbeat. It prohibits abortion once the fetal heart rate has been determined. This can be the case as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. At this point, many women don’t even know they are pregnant. According to the ACLU organization, about 85 to 90 percent of Texas women who terminate their pregnancies are at least six weeks pregnant. The only exception is for medical emergencies.
Concerned women’s rights organizations
What is unusual about this strict regulation is that it allows individuals to bring civil suits against those who assist a woman with an abortion. This could lead to lawsuits against a number of people – for example, someone driving someone to an abortion appointment, parents paying for an abortion, or health workers. If the law remains in force, women’s rights organizations fear they will be outright hounded against anyone who supports pregnant women who have abortions.
The organizations claim the law is unconstitutional. It violates the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as “Roe v. Wade, ”which legalizes abortions nationwide. “No matter what happens, we don’t give up and keep fighting. Everyone deserves access to abortion, ”responded the organization Planned Parenthood.