Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed yet another abortion law in the Lone Star State, though this one isn’t going to receive quite as much media attention, adding some new restrictions and raising the penalties for distributing bills that induce abortions, according to a story published by The Dallas Morning News.
Senate Bill 4 was signed into law during the second Texas special session which officially ended on Sept. 2 and is all set to take effect in December. The legislation prevents physicians and other providers from handing out drugs that induce abortion after a pregnancy hits seven weeks. It also increases the penalties for “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly,” violating the ban on abortion.
The law also leaves the potential for serious legal consequences for those mailing abortion-inducing drugs to Texas.
Breaking the law would be a felony and carry a fine of up to $10,000 and between 180 days and two years of imprisonment, according to the report.
State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., a Democrat, said the bill will require physician oversight for those taking abortion-inducing medication.
“Doctors need to be present when patients receive these drugs so the patient knows what to expect from normal side effects and what needs to be addressed quickly before it turns into a serious issue,” Lucio went on to say during a Senate committee hearing this summer.
S.B. 4 is in addition to Senate Bill 8, which leaves doctors vulnerable to lawsuits for aiding abortions once fetal cardiac activity has been detected, at roughly six weeks into pregnancy.
Supporters of abortion rights decry the limits being placed on women’s access to abortion.
“Anti-choice politicians have made their intentions abundantly clear, and they will stop at nothing to strip away reproductive freedom,” Adrienne Kimmell, who is currently serving as the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America went on to say.
Liberals are definitely going to be ticked off after this, aren’t they? Heck, they haven’t even had time to process the loss of their “right” to murder babies after six weeks of gestation. This is going to send them over the edge.