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Texas further tightens the abortion laws: What you need to know

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On Wednesday, The US supreme court did not act on a request by the abortion-rights group to block the law in Texas which bans abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy. This move will prohibit the vast majority of abortions in the state.

Abortion activities were working until midnight deadline to make sure that action is taken by The US Supreme Court. However, Court’s inaction has allowed the most restrictive ban in the country to be enforced in the state of Texas.

The law in question was signed by Texas Gov Greg Abbott in May which prohibits abortions ‘once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks and before most women know they're pregnant.’

This ban will ban almost 90% of abortions in the state as it takes about 6 weeks for women to find that she is pregnant. Further, this would also result in the closing of many abortion clinics in the state. This law gives the citizen to enforce it. Anyone can sue abortion providers and anyone who "aids or abets" an abortion after six weeks. If the citizen who reported such a case wins the lawsuit, they would be entitled to at least $10,000.

Texas Gov Greg Abbott released a statement via his Twitter account, "Starting today, every unborn child with a heartbeat will be protected from the ravages of abortion. Texas will always defend the right to life.”

There were multiple protests following the decision by the Supreme Court. How Biden also reacted to the situation and said that the law "blatantly violates the constitutional right established under Roe v. Wade and upheld as precedent for nearly half a century.”

Texas lawmakers are also moving forward with further restrictions on abortions with proposed new restrictions on medication abortion, a method using pills.

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