Last week, the Texas Senate voted overwhelmingly to accept House amendments to SB8, the most stringent anti-choice bill passed in the state since 2013. Republican Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign it and the law is set to take effect September 1, reports Maureen Shaw.
The Republican bill is meant to severely restrict abortion access in myriad ways by requiring the burial/cremation of embryonic and fetal tissue; prohibiting the use of fetal tissue for research; and banning Dilation & Evacuation (D&E). The bill does not include exemptions for women who are impregnated through rape or incest.
The bill will also criminalize simply helping a woman get an abortion, including driving her to the nearest clinic.