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The Texas Senate passed 18-12 the “Texas Heartbeat Act” yesterday which prohibits an abortion if the unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected, typically about six weeks of pregnancy. The House approved the measure earlier this month with an 83-64 vote.
SB 8 now goes to Governor Greg Abbott who is expected to sign it into law. The policy would take effect on September 1, 2021 and would create criminal penalties for abortionists who violate the law.
The “Texas Heartbeat Act” will abolish elective abortions when the preborn child’s heartbeat is detectable using methods according to standard medical practice. The bill makes an exception allowing for abortions in the case of a medical emergency but not for rape or incest. It would be enforced by private citizens empowered to sue abortion providers and others who help someone get an abortion after six weeks. Those private citizens would not need to have a connection to an abortion provider or a person seeking an abortion and would not need to be Texas residents.

SB 8 was authored by Senator Bryan Hughes who said, “This bill says for the little baby inside her mother’s womb, if there is a heartbeat detected, that little baby will be protected.”

During debate of the bill, one of the sponsors shared her own personal story. Rep. Shelby Slawson said doctors advised her mother to get an abortion because of potential medical problem with the unborn baby.

Slawson said, “The complications and those dire prognoses continued, the back-and-forth to the doctor continued, and that heartbeat continued. And then one Tuesday in May, that new mom greeted her newborn. This surprisingly normal baby, marveling at 10 fingers and 10 toes and wisps of red hair.”

Liberty Counsel now defends Sandra Merritt against the vicious two-front attack launched against her by then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris and later her replacement, then-Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Planned Parenthood. Merritt is a courageous pro-life grandmother who exposed Planned Parenthood’s horrific trade in baby body parts. She and her co-defendant, David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, are the first undercover journalists to be charged with a crime for undercover recordings made in the public interest in the history of California.

Download Liberty Counsel’s booklet, “The Truth About Abortion.”

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “The beating heart of a priceless unborn child should awaken the conscience of our nation to the violence of abortion. I am grateful that Texas is not afraid to take significant steps toward making the womb a safe place again. We must continue to pass legislation to protect these precious children and their mothers.”

Author: Liberty Counsel