Earlier this year, the state of Texas passed SB8 to restrict abortions in Texas. It is called the Texas Heartbeat Act. The bill went into effect on September 1.
Here is what it does:
- bans an abortion if there is a heartbeat: “a physician may not knowingly perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman unless the physician has determined, in accordance with this section, whether the woman’s unborn child has a detectable fetal heartbeat. Except as provided by Section 171.205, a physician may not knowingly perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman if the physician detected a fetal heartbeat for the unborn child as required by Section 171.203 or failed to perform a test to detect a fetal heartbeat.”
- allows for an exception if the physician believes a medical emergency exists. The physician must document his decision in both his and the patient’s records.
- Prohibits the state or any government entity from enforcing this law. It can only be brought about by a private civil suit:“Any person, other than an officer or employee of a state or local governmental entity in this state, may bring a civil action against any person who:
(1) performs or induces an abortion in violation of this subchapter;
(2) knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion, including paying for or reimbursing the costs of an abortion through insurance or
otherwise, if the abortion is performed or induced in violation of
this subchapter, regardless of whether the person knew or should
have known that the abortion would be performed or induced in
violation of this subchapter; or
(3) intends to engage in the conduct described by Subdivision (1) or (2).
- The claimant could be awarded as much as $10,000 dollars:If a claimant prevails in an action brought under this section, the court shall award:
(1) injunctive relief sufficient to prevent the defendant from violating this subchapter or engaging in acts that aid or abet violations of this subchapter;
(2) statutory damages in an amount of not less than $10,000 for each abortion that the defendant performed or induced in violation of this subchapter, and for each abortion performed or induced in violation of this subchapter that the defendant aided or abetted
At the moment the Supreme Court has let the law stand, but that could change and there is no doubt it will be challenged. There ruling was not based on the constitutionality of the law.
Here is my initial thoughts on it:
- One of the main arguments presented by the pro-abortion advocates against this legislation is that a woman often doesn’t know she’s pregnant at 6 weeks. Well, that would pretty much eliminate the medical emergency contingency wouldn’t it? In the past physicians have used the medical emergency exception to perform late term abortions for pretty much any reason. That wouldn’t exist here.
- Along with that, this creates a real conundrum for the pro abortion side. If a heartbeat exists at 6 weeks (or as some scientific journals refer to it, an “electronic” pulse as the heart begins to take shape and grow) then any abortion done after that time is the termination of a living human being.
- This law is directed at civilian action, not any government entity. To me this is the most interesting part of the bill. It is definitely unique and problematic for Planned Parenthood and other organizations like them. Who do they sue? And how will the Supreme Court untangle this? Abortion advocates and providers are saying this essentially puts a “bounty” on them. And they may have a point there. But from my viewpoint, these providers have murdered millions of unborn children and I am not too sympathetic to that argument.
Now, the “fun” part. As you can imagine the radical leftists who view abortion as the sacred right of their secular religion are apoplectic over this bill.
Michael Moore: The Trump-dominated Supreme Court has refused to block Texas from banning abortion, effectively killing Roe v Wade. To be clear: a court with 5 of 9 justices picked by presidents who LOST the vote are taking a position NOT held by the vast majority of the American people. FIGHT!
I can’t decide whether Michael Moore really believes what he says and is just clueless or if he is just milking the leftists sheep for money and fame. My guess is the latter.
Cher: Wondering When Texas Senate Will Start Mandating Burqa’s. IF Texas IS Going 2
Take Women’s Rights Away THEY SHOULD AT LEAST FURNISH STATE AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS.WONT LONG,TILL Texas OFFERS”HANDMAID’S TALE”JEWELRY ON LINE.
1st.ON UR BLOCK 2 GET NEW”SHUT MY MOUTH”LIP RINGS
First of all, Cher obviously missed English class where they taught proper sentence structure. Second, I think the “Shut my mouth” lip rings are a great idea! Everyone should send Cher one. I guess this puts her back in the graces of the cancel culture who attacked her as having a “White savior complex” earlier this year in her comments about George Floyd.
ACLU: BREAKING: The Supreme Court has not responded to our emergency request to block Texas’ radical new 6-week abortion ban, SB8. The law now takes effect. Access to almost all abortion has just been cut off for millions of people. The impact will be immediate and devastating.
Not to the unborn children. They may actually make it to birth now.
Batista (former WWE champion): The U.S. is literally digressing. Absolutely devastating.
I think he means “regressing”. He missed English too. Or took too many hits to the head from Triple H in his WWE days. Yes, being pro-life is so terrible. I went on Twitter and asked Batista how he defined “life” and when that occurs. As expected I have received no reply.
Jim Acosta: Times they are also changing down in Texas. That’s where a bizarre new law all but prohibits abortion and creates a so-called bounty system that allows ordinary people to sue health care providers and just about anyone who helps a woman get the procedure.
So he is saying that saving unborn children is “bizarre” which obviously leads one to presume that taking a life is “normal”. What a sick man. If only we could get his show aborted.
David Simon: The Christian Taliban has its theocracy. And the U.S. Supreme Court justices are our new mullahs.
Callie Khouri: Texas Taliban passes most extreme abortion law, slashes voting rights, and I’m trying to understand why people would want to live under this sharia system. Don’t mess with Texas? No problem. Not unless I need a big pile of COVID contaminated dirt.
A-Ha! I’m sensing a theme here. Pro-lifers are now equated with the Taliban. What would the left do without their cute little slogans? How about Tex-Isis? Or Texbollah? The possibilities are endless. I grudgingly must give Jim Acosta the award on this as he is calling Trump supporters “MAGAban”.
Bette Midler: I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress.
I agree where this applies to leftists like her. It also would have the added benefit of reducing the number of abortions.
Samantha Bee: Congratulations, Texas! You are the latest state to pass draconian abortion laws to ban abortion before most women even know they’re pregnant. When it comes to men policing women’s bodies, maybe it’s time to just pull out?
Or perhaps Samantha Bee could follow Bette Midler’s advice. The question in her case is whether any men even be affected by it?
Btw, just a thought here. Remember when the feminists told us they could survive very well without men? Well, isn’t what Bette Midler and Samantha Bee are saying completely refute that? Just asking the question.
All kidding aside, the bottom line is that radical leftists don’t and won’t recognize the unborn child at ANY stage as a human being covered by human rights. Sound familiar to another ideology from almost 100 years ago doesn’t it? This is a long struggle that has just been reignited again. The one difference is that the advance of modern technology has now shed much new light on the development on the unborn child. It’s increasingly difficult for the abortionists to defend their position despite their constant mantra of “follow the science”. Science will prove their undoing, whether they realize it (as they scream and shout) or not.