New Texas abortion law limits abortion further in the state

New Texas abortion law limits abortion further in the state

Emma Curtiss, Senior Reporter

On September 1, 2021, the six-week Texas abortion law came into effect, being the first six-week ban in the United States. 

The Texas 6 week abortion law violates a woman’s right to get an abortion after about 6 weeks, when a heartbeat can be detected, and allows the state of Texas to sue anyone who violates this law. 

Due to the unwanted amount of court cases the U.S supreme court failed to take an initiative to prevent the law from being passed. Instead, they gave the go ahead knowing that it goes against the right for privacy and freedom of choice in medical care. 

“The most frustraiting part, in my opinion, is that these lawmakers claim to be pro-life have no regard for the lives of children in the broken foster care system and no regard for the lives of the women they are professing to help wih these oppressive laws,”  said one concerned Naugatuck woman.

In 1970, the district attorny of Dallas County, Texas, challenged an abortion law that was passed which made abortion illegal unless if it were to save the life of a woman. Jane Roe stated that the law was “unconstitutionally vague” and invaded the right for women’s privacy. 

I feel it’s not right because most women usually find out if they’re pregnant around the six week mark and by the time they find out it will be too late for them to have an abortion. It’s especially not fair for those women who have been sexually abused and assaulted and now they have to be reminded every day of the pain that they went through, and, ultimately, produce a child that they’re not mentally nor physically prepared for. 

 “The law speaks in a way that presents women incubators, not human being capable of making decisions about their bodies and their futures,” said one NHS teacher. 

According to NPR, a non-profit media organization, states that “On Wednesday, President Biden called the law extreme and said it blatantly violates the constitutional right to abortion, adding that his administration will protect and defend that right.” 

President Biden made a vow to defend the right even with the possibility of controversy and the U.S Supreme Court fighting back in order to protect the law. 

The New York Times states that “Because the case presents “complex and novel antecedent procedural questions…the court had no choice but to allow the law to remain in place.” 

Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization providing reproductive health care, gathered downtown in Illinois protesting over the 6 week Texas abortion ban. 

“The groups’s clinics have been seeing patients from Texas every day since Sept. 3 as abortion in Illinois is legal,” said Jennifer Welch,  president and CEO of Illinois’ Planned Parenthood.

If a women were to have an abortion after the six week ban mark, if a professional were to agree and go through with it they would lose their license and be without a job which would spark an increase in unemployment in Texas. 

It is believed that making abortion illegal will not stop women from having abortions. They could close all the facilities which would give women limited access to having an abortion.