The bill will also issue a $10,000 fine to any doctor who knowingly provides abortion services after 6 weeks, unless it is dubbed a medical emergency.Here's something to know about "fetal heartbeat":
If passed—and there's limited time in the current special session of the Texas legislature to do that—the bill wouldn't go into effect right away:
This subchapter is not enforceable until the 91st day after the date of publication in the Texas Register of a finding of fact made by the attorney general that:The big question there is what (2) means, because the Supreme Court overturning Roe is a very different thing than "any other state or federal court" saying a six-week ban is fine.
(1) the United States Supreme Court has issued a decision overruling Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973);
(2) any other state or federal court has issued an order or judgment restoring, expanding, or clarifying the authority of states to wholly or partly prohibit or regulate abortion under the United States Constitution; or
(3) an amendment to the United States Constitution that restores, expands, or clarifies the authority of states to wholly or partly prohibit or regulate abortion has been adopted.
Regardless of whether this bill is passed and, if passed, when it would go into effect, it's clear that Texas Republicans are not done—closing most of the clinics in the state and banning abortion after 20 weeks was not enough for them when it comes to restricting women's right and access to abortion.