Texas is increasingly becoming the place to be for freedom from mask mandates and other leftist nonsense. It’s also about to become a haven for the unborn.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that his state has passed a law banning abortion on any fetuses with a heartbeat, the Daily Caller reported. That means pregnancies could not be terminated past six weeks or so when the heartbeat is able to be detected.
“The heartbeat bill is now LAW in the Lone Star State,” Abbott tweeted Wednesday with a clip of the governor signing the legislation surrounded by other lawmakers. “This bill ensures the life of every unborn child with a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion.”
The heartbeat bill is now LAW in the Lone Star State.
This bill ensures the life of every unborn child with a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 19, 2021
The law makes no exceptions for rape and incest, although it does have provisions for emergency situations. It also allows individuals — whether they live in Texas or not — to sue abortion providers and anyone else who facilitates the murder of the unborn in the state.
Planned Parenthood and Democratic lawmakers are predictably furious at these protections for the unborn. They object to the strict timeline it imposes since many women may not know they’re pregnant by the time the heart begins to beat.
“The number of abortion restrictions—and specifically bans on abortion designed to directly challenge Roe v. Wade and the U.S. constitutional right to abortion—that have swiftly been enacted over the past four months is unprecedented,” a news release from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute said. “If this trend continues, 2021 will end up as the most damaging antiabortion state legislative session in a decade—and perhaps ever.”
The organization announced in April that there were 536 pro-life laws introduced since the beginning of the new year as a warning to abortion advocates. That sounds like a ringing endorsement for the pro-life movement.
The abortion issue may once again have its day at the U.S. Supreme Court which will hear a case in the fall regarding a law that restricted abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, Fox News reported. Lower courts blocked the Mississippi law, but the high court that leans heavily conservative will get to rule on it.
In many ways, Texas has become the model for unbridled freedom and traditional conservatism. Additional protection for the youngest, most vulnerable Texans will only enhance that reputation — God bless Texas.