As the abortion debate in the United States has grown increasingly tense over the recent years, a newly enacted Texas law could lay the groundwork for a national trend of restrictive abortion laws. SB 8, also known as the Texas Heartbeat Act, was first signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in May 2021, and came into effect on September 1st. The Texas Heartbeat Act is not the only recent bill that attempts to challenge Roe v. Wade. In 2018, Mississippi passed the Gestational Age Act, which bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Texas Heartbeat Act is even more restrictive, banning abortion after just six weeks of pregnancy. While national opinion on the abortion debate continues to be divisive—a nearly 50/50 split between pro-life and pro-choice over the last 20 years—this newest development, if upheld, could substantially impact abortion access.
McGinley, Kodie, "Texas Heartbeat Act Poses Threat to the Future of Abortion Access" (2021). GGU Law Review Blog. 95.