Texas comes out strong for pro-life advocates with the beginning of their new law that bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected. S.B. 8, the Texas Heart Beat Act, was passed in May 2021 but went into effect on September 1st, 2021. The left is scrambling, but only because the new law hit the headlines so hard.
Where were the Democrats back in May? Behind the curve. Biden was focused on vaccine mandates expected to roll out nationwide, but the Biden administration can’t mandate a vaccine, at least in emergency use authorization.
The left has lost their minds. This bill and opposition to it will bring up important topics, though. There seems to be widespread confusion on when life begins. Though some argue that life begins at conception and some say that life begins when a fetus becomes independent, a Supreme Court will rule if it makes it that far. So far, the Supreme Court didn’t act on an appeal of the law but can still do so at any time. The law seems to be in the middle of the pro-life and pro-choice debate, and the Supreme Court likely wants to stay neutral on the topic not to make a hasty decision on the long-term effects of federal court law on the issue.
It also goes to show that abortion should be a state issue. There’s no reason abortion should be a federal issue. States should be able to decide for themselves which laws should be in place. The Constitution doesn’t touch on medical procedures or medical protection, and it should stay that way.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a press conference on September 2nd, 2021, that President Joe Biden had formed a team of 30 individuals with various backgrounds to determine Supreme Court guidelines and possible additions to the Supreme Court, also known as “court-packing.”
If you remember, Biden wasn’t willing to answer any questions about court-packing during the election, probably because he didn’t want his answer to sway voters toward former President Donald Trump. Still, Biden seems to be changing his opinion on the issue but isn’t capable of making it on his own. Biden hasn’t made friends in the Supreme Court with his eviction moratorium and several other problems.
ACLU says that the law will immediately impact abortion access to 85% of those seeking it because 85% represents women seeking abortions after the 6-week mark of pregnancy. Six weeks is plenty of time to determine if you’re pregnant and if you make the decision to abort the baby, but that should always be the absolute last option. Abortions not only end a life but harm the mother in the process, mainly after six weeks. Foundation for life outlines many issues that can emerge after an abortion procedure, including infection, incomplete abortion, heavy bleeding, and many others. If the entire fetus isn’t aborted, it can be hazardous to the mother and her uterus health.
Clinics didn’t take action until August 7th, 2021, when they filed an appeal to the Supreme Court.
The law also criminalizes abortion procedures after 6-weeks and provides at least $10,000 to the plaintiff if abortions are conducted after the 6-week time frame. It put recourse in the hands of citizens while holding clinicians and doctors accountable.
Roe v. Wade is possibly in jeopardy with the new law, and it should be. Abortion isn’t a necessary medical procedure in most cases and shouldn’t be tied to case law. It’s no different than an election to get plastic surgery in every medical aspect. Taxpayers should never have to pay for that.