RELEASE: Texas Heartbeat Law Makes History As It Takes Effect

Today, the Texas Heartbeat Act makes history as it takes effect as the nation’s strongest pro-life legislation. The Texas Heartbeat Act (S.B. 8) will prohibit 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:

“Today is historic for law and life. The Texas Heartbeat Act is the first-ever law of its type to go into effect. Starting today, babies and mothers will be spared from abortion in Texas when a baby’s heartbeat is detected. God bless Texas and courageous leaders like Sen. Bryan Hughes, Rep. Shelby Slawson, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and his team, and thousands of pro-life supporters for making this day possible.”

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.

Supporters of the Texas Heartbeat Act include Texas Values, Concerned Women for America of Texas, Human Coalition, Texas Faith and Freedom Coalition, Abby Johnson with And Then There Were None, Family Policy Alliance, Texas Right to Life, Janet Porter (Faith 2 Action), Susan B. Anthony List, Texas Eagle Forum, ACLJ, Texas Teens for Life, Fredericksburg Tea Party, Texas Young Republicans, Baylor Bears for Life/Students for Life Action, Texas Pastor Council, and Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee of SBTC.

For more information about the Texas Heartbeat Act, please visit

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