It comes after another abortion law gained national attention for banning abortions in Texas after six weeks of pregnancy.
TEXAS, United States – This month, a new Texas abortion law gained national attention because it banned abortions in the state after six weeks of pregnancy.
Now there is another bill that has come into force that limits another aspect of abortion. This specifically targets access to abortion pills.
The new law is Senate Bill 4 which reduces the time frame within which doctors are allowed to administer abortion-inducing drugs to female patients.
The window is reduced from 10 weeks to seven weeks after conception.
Following the signing of the bill at the Texas Values’ Faith, Family, and Freedom Policy Forum in Austin on Friday, a statement from Governor Greg Abbott was sent.
“Texas continues to lead the way in protecting unborn children and fostering a culture of living, which is why I am proud to join Texas Values, Members of the Legislature and Pro-Life leaders to sign Senate Bill 4. ”
The new announcement has also sparked a reaction from groups like Planned Parenthood. Their statement read the following:
Since 2011, lawmakers have enacted nearly 600 restrictive laws through state legislatures that make abortion difficult and, at times, impossible to access … These attacks hurt most the same people who have always faced abortion. Systemic barriers to care – Black, Latino and Indigenous communities, the LGBTQ + community, youth, people living in rural areas, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes.
The new law will also ban the mailing of abortion drugs. This came after the Biden administration temporarily allowed the drug to be mailed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This law will come into force on December 2.