On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Texas Senate Bill 8, a seriesof anti-abortion regulations.In addition to thefetal remains requirement, the law bansthe donation of fetal tissue, bans” partial-birth abortion ,” a non-medical term referring to a procedure already banned under federal law, and bans dilation and evacuation( D& E) procedures, one of the mostcommon abortion procedures for second trimester pregnancies. Under the law, people who help women access( D& E) procedures could be legally jailed.
The new statute comes less than a year after the Supreme Court ruled that Texas cannotenact abortion restraints that place an” undue load” on wives seeking an abortion.According to the Texas Observer , the law’s critics and some supporters agree that SB8 isn’ t intended to advance women’s health, increasingthe law’s chances of being challenged in court.
On Tuesday, Abbott announced that the Texas Legislature will reconvene on July 18 for a special session to address issues including the anti-trans bathroom bill, private school vouchers, and several more anti-abortion measures. Abbott’s abortion-specific agendaincludes banning private insurance plans from encompassing abortion, banning abortion both providers and affiliates from receiving government fund, and requiring increased reporting of abortion complications.
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