BREAKING: Supreme Court Victory: Texas Heartbeat Law Passes Judicial Test
Late last night, the U.S Supreme Court voted to leave the Texas Heartbeat Act (S.B. 8) in place, the nation’s strongest pro-life legislation. Yesterday, the Texas Heartbeat law made history as it took effect, sparing the lives of approximately 130 babies per day from abortion in Texas. This is the first-ever heartbeat law to go into effect, as all other states have had theirs struck down by the courts before they were ever implemented. The Act prohibits abortions in Texas after the detection of the child’s heartbeat, which is currently 6 weeks gestation, although it can be detected as early as 5 weeks gestation.
Jonathan Saenz, President, and Attorney at Texas Values released the following statement:
“The Supreme Court got it right by not blocking the Texas Heartbeat law, which is the first-ever law of its type to go into effect. Thousands of babies will be spared from abortion in Texas when a baby’s heartbeat is detected. Texas wins and life wins!”
Yesterday, coalition groups celebrated at the Texas State Capitol the law going into effect. Speakers included Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values, Sarah Zarr of Students for Life, Abby Johnson of And Then There Were None, and Ann Hettinger of Concerned Women for America of Texas. To view the Facebook Live coverage, click here.
Senator Bryan Hughes and Rep. Shelby Slawson led the effort to pass the new law. The law was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on May 19, 2021. Since 2013, 14 states have passed heartbeat laws including Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, but Texas’ law is different than other laws of this type as it uses a civil enforcement mechanism.
A heartbeat is a universal indicator of life and a key medical indicator that a preborn baby will reach live birth. The Act requires abortionists to check for a baby’s heartbeat and inform the mother if the presence of a heartbeat is detected. According to state statistics, nearly 85% of the 54,000 abortions happen before 8 weeks gestation.
To read the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, please visit here.
For more information about the Texas Heartbeat Law, please visit www.texasheartbeatlaw.com.
To read an in-depth analysis of the Texas Heartbeat Law, please visit here.