EXPLAINER: The language, reach of new Texas abortion law
September 3, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's highest court has allowed a Texas law banning most abortions to remain in effect, marking a turning point for abortion opponents who have been fighting to implement stronger restrictions for nearly a decade.
The Texas law, pegged a "fetal heartbeat bill," bans abortions at the point of the "first detectable heartbeat," which could happen around six weeks into pregnancy, although that timeframe isn't specified in the measure. Medical experts say the heart doesn't begin to form until the fetus it is at least nine weeks old, and they decry efforts to pro...