Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a second abortion bill into law, this one adding more restrictions and raising the penalties for anyone who distributes abortion-inducing pills.
The legislation, Senate Bill 4, was signed by Abbott back on Sept. 2 during the second Texas special session and is set to fully take effect in December. The law prevents any physician or other provider from being able to give out abortion-inducing medication after a woman hits seven weeks of pregnancy, along with upping the penalties for “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” violating the current law the Lone Star State has on the books banning abortion.
This law also leaves the potential for extremely serious legal consequences for anyone attempting to mail abortion pills to the state. Those who break this law could end up charged with a felony and pay a fine of up to $10,000, along with the possibility of 180 days in prison, or two years of imprisonment.
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 said during a Senate committee hearing over the 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, the current acting president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, stated.
This is going to really send progressives into hysterics. Kind of difficult to destroy the traditional family unit without abortion as an option on the table. And that’s what they want to do. Destroy the family.
If the family is annihilated, the left can use the power of the government to oversee education and brainwash kids into treating the state as if it were their parents. Dangerous stuff.