Abbott signs ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill, banning most abortions

By Megan Wehring

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law legislation Wednesday, May 19 that prohibits abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is as early as six weeks.

“[The Texas Legislature] worked together on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill that I’m about to sign that ensures that the life of every unborn child who has a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion,” Abbott said during a video posted on Facebook.

Under Senate Bill 8, abortion providers would be required to determine there is not a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion and the procedure would be prohibited if one is detected. Exceptions can be made for medical emergencies but not for rape or incest.

Private citizens would also be allowed to sue abortion providers or anyone who helps someone get an abortion.

The law will take effect on September 1, 2021.

Comment on this Article

About Author

Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

Comments are closed.