Texas passes law banning abortions after six weeks

Texas passes law banning abortions after six weeks

TEXAS has passed a new radical law banning abortions from as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

Terminations will now be illegal throughout the state in instances where what anti-abortion campaigners call a 'foetal heartbeat' has been detected.

The new law, which came into effect on Wednesday, is one of the most restrictive in the country.

Any individual will now have the right to sue a doctor in the event that he or she carries out an abortion after the six week point.

It was fully confirmed after the US Supreme Court voted not to block the move following an emergency appeal by abortion providers and pro-choice campaigners.

Doctors and women's rights groups have also heavily criticised the new bill, while the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and Planned Parenthood asked for an injunction to prevent its enforcement.

Pro-life campaigners

In a late night vote, Supreme Court Justices ruled 5-4 against granting the injunction.

In an unsigned explanation, the court's majority said their decision was "not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas's law", and said legal challenges could still proceed.

All three of former President Donald Trump's Supreme Court appointees voted against blocking the ban.

In response to the vote, the ACLU described developments as "blatantly unconstitutional," stressing that millions of people will likely have no access to abortion, as 90% of terminations in Texas take places after six weeks.

President Joe Biden condemned the law, branding it "extreme" and warning it would "significantly impair" women's access to healthcare.

In a statement, Biden said his administration would "protect and defend" the constitutional rights established under Roe v Wade and "upheld as a precedent for nearly half a century".