Texas gets a strict abortion law


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The Texas abortion law, known as Senate Bill 8, is a ban on nearly all abortions in the state. The law prohibits most abortions after six weeks of preagnacy, and has no exceptions for rape or incest. However, Wednesday, October 6th, 2021, a federal judge granted the Justice Department to halt the recently passed Texas abortion law.

The president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Nancy Northup, said that the clinics in her groups repersents “Hope to resume full abortion services as soon as they are able, even though the threat of being sued retroactively will not be completely gone until S.B. 8 is struck down for good.”

The Justice Department sued Texas last month, after the Supreme Court declined to block the law, the department then filed an emergency motion requesting an order that would prevent Texas from enforcing Senate Bill 8. Some women are being forced to carry pregnancies to term, they say, or waiting in hopes that courts will strike down the law. Defendants are encouraged to file suit because they’ll recover legal fees, as well as $10,000 if they win.

More than 55,000 abortions were performed last year in Texas when they already had a ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The growing anti-abortion campaign is intended to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Here are some anonymous Lanier peer responses, when asked about the case:

Q: How do you feel on the whole subject of abortion and the abortion law?
A:“It’s mindless, I feel like it’s a bunch of male politicians who made this decision for females, and want a say of what they do with their bodies.”
A:“I feel woman should have the right to their own bodies because most women at six weeks pregnant don’t even notice their pregnancy till they miss their menstrual cycle before they even consider they might be pregnant, and by then its too late to get an abortion in many states.”

Q: How do you feel of con- abortion protest that are going around abortion clinics?
A: “People who protest outside of abortion clinics think that they’re helping the sitiation. But they make it so much worse because so many women do it and already feel guilty about their situation.”

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Weber, P. J. (2021, October 9). Explainer: The Texas Abortion Law’s Swift Impact, and future. AP NEWS. Retrieved November 17, 2021, from https://apnews.com/article/abortion-coronavirus-pandemic-us-supreme-court-austin-health-6256c7cd37d86ec93bcfa511cebdb1f0.