Please join us in giving great thanks and praise for our state’s powerful stand for Life!
Texas Heartbeat Act Becomes Law TODAY
The Texas Heartbeat Act that bans abortions the moment a fetal heartbeat is first detected becomes law in the state of Texas today. The law also includes a unique feature that allows any private citizen to sue abortion providers who violate the restriction.
Texas becomes the first state in our nation not blocked from enforcing a law banning abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable which is typically at about six weeks in a pregnancy. The Texas Heartbeat Act is the most impactful restriction on abortion since Roe v. Wade was decided nearly 50 years ago. The law will result in a dramatic reduction of abortions since approximately 85% of abortions occur after six weeks.
Planned Parenthood and numerous other abortion providers have rigorously challenged the Texas Heartbeat Act, but this past Sunday the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied their emergency motion to block it. These abortion providers immediately filed an Emergency Application with the Supreme Court of the United States to prohibit enforcement of the law.
Please pray for:
- Thousands of babies to be saved by the Heartbeat Act and for many abortion clinics to be forced to close
- Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics no longer lawfully able to schedule visits for abortions past six weeks of pregnancy to refer these women to life-affirming Pregnancy Resource Centers
- The life-affirming Pregnancy Resource Centers already experiencing a surge in the number of pregnant women seeking their assistance due to the new law
- The continued legal challenges to the Heartbeat Act from abortion providers to be thwarted and our U.S. Supreme Court Justices to honor the worth and dignity of life
Texas House Passes Bill to Ban Mail-Order Abortions and Restrict Abortion Pills
Yesterday, the Texas House approved the Chemical Abortion Restriction Bill (S.B. 4) approved earlier this month by the Texas Senate during the Second Special Session.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott prioritized S.B. 4 for consideration and action during the Special Session to restrict and regulate chemical abortions in Texas.
S.B. 4 specifically:
- Prohibits chemical abortions by mail or delivery service
- Requires the person providing the abortion-inducing drugs to be a physician who performs an in-person examination of the pregnant woman
- Requires the examining physician to verify that the woman does not have an ectopic pregnancy as well as follow other safety protocols
- Requires a follow-up visit
- Prohibits chemical abortions at more than 49 days gestation
- Requires voluntary and informed consent and reporting
- Imposes criminal penalties for violations
We continue to give thanks for our Texas Governor and lawmakers who make the protection of mothers and their babies a priority. We pray for judges and legislators at the federal and state level to use their positions of leadership and authority to honor the sanctity of human life.