New Texas law increasing penalties for abortion providers goes into effect Aug. 25


Abortion opponents rejoice soon after the U.S. Supreme Court docket overturns Roe vs. Wade, ending federal abortion safety in Washington on Friday. Photo by Jemal Countess/UPI | License Image

July 26 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its official judgment in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Group, clearing the way for Texas’ “cause law” banning nearly all abortions to go into outcome Aug. 25.

The law will raise the criminal and civil penalties connected with abortion, but the treatment is previously pretty much outlawed in Texas under an outdated statute that was in impact ahead of the substantial court docket determined Roe v. Wade in 1973.

The state’s two dozen abortion clinics stopped supplying abortions pretty much straight away immediately after the court docket overturned Roe v. Wade in late June, fearing legal prosecution underneath individuals pre-Roe statutes, which make it a criminal offense punishable by up to 5 several years in jail to supply or “furnish the suggests” for an abortion.

People statutes are different from the trigger legislation, which the Legislature passed in 2021. That law, which is triggered by the overturning of Roe v. Wade, raises the penalties for doing an abortion up to lifestyle in prison. The bring about law also states that the lawyer typical “shall” provide a lawsuit to search for a civil penalty of no significantly less than $100,000 for every abortion carried out.

The two the pre-Roe statute and the trigger law have only narrow exceptions to help you save the everyday living of the pregnant affected individual.

While other states’ bring about guidelines went into outcome promptly, Texas’ was penned to go into result 30 times immediately after the Supreme Courtroom issued its formal judgment, just after which no rehearings or appeals can be submitted. That method normally will take about a thirty day period.

Straight away right after the pre-Roe statutes went into outcome, a handful of abortion clinics brought a lawful problem seeking to block them from currently being enforced. Despite the fact that they were being granted a short term restraining get, the Supreme Courtroom of Texas afterwards ruled that the laws could be civilly enforced when the problem built its way by way of the courts.

There have been no acknowledged authorized problems submitted to block the cause regulation from going into outcome.

This short article at first appeared in The Texas Tribune. Go through the unique below. The Texas Tribune is a non-gain, non-partisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about general public policy, politics, federal government and statewide troubles.


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