Texas legislature passes bill banning abortions once fetal heartbeat detected

The legislation allows for people to lodge a civil action against those who perform such an abortion.

Updated: May 13, 2021 - 11:22pm

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The Texas legislature has approved a bill banning most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

While the government would not enforce the ban, the legislation allows for people to lodge a civil action against those who perform such an abortion or "aid or abet" in performing such an abortion, though an individual who impregnated a woman through rape or incest may not sue. 

There is an exception for abortions performed due to a medical emergency, but no carve outs regarding pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott plans to sign the bill which will become effective September 1.

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