By: Teddy Grant
A Texas law essentially banning most abortions in the state went into effect on Wednesday after the Supreme Court failed to block the law.
The new law bans abortions after six weeks, which is before most women know they’re pregnant.
Abortion providers filed an emergency application to block the law, but SCOTUS did not act to stop it, ultimately ending Roe v Wade protections in Texas.
The law “would immediately and catastrophically reduce abortion access in Texas, barring care for at least 85% of Texas abortion patients (those who are six weeks pregnant or greater) and likely forcing many abortion clinics ultimately to close,” abortion providers wrote in their application.
In May, Senate Bill 8 was signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, banning most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The law conflicts with the Supreme Court precedent that blocked states from banning abortions before fetal viability, which is around 22 to 24 weeks, as reported by NPR.
The law is the most restrictive abortion law in the country and allows private citizens to sue people who provide abortions and anyone who “aids and abets” it, according to the New York Times.
Private citizens won’t be able to sue patients but could sue doctors, clinic staff and even Uber drivers who take someone to a clinic for $10,000 and their legal fees recovered if they win, the Times reported.