A legislation banning abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy has been signed Wednesday by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
The development has triggered reactions from critics as they referred to it as one of the strictest and most extreme measures in the nation while antiabortion supporters on the other hand have called it a landmark achievement.
The Texas bill known as S.B. 8, described as a “heartbeat ban” abortion measure, prohibits the procedure the moment a fetal heartbeat has been detected, The Washington Post reports.
On the effect of the ban after six-weeks, many women in Texas who are not even aware they are pregnant will not be allowed to get the procedure done in the state.
Meanwhile, cases whereby women impregnated as a result of rape or incest, will be considered with offers for a provision for medical emergencies.
Abbott, has celebrated what he deemed a victory for Texans while surrounded by Republicans gathered to watch him sign the proposal in Austin: “The heartbeat bill is now law in the Lone Star State.”
He has also publicly offered his support of the bill.