“I’m signing a law today that will save babies from the ravages of abortion,” Abbott said during a signing ceremony.“Under this law, the moment Roe v. Wade is overturned abortions will be outlawed in the state of Texas.”
Last week, the justices agreed to hear a 2018 Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. At issue in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.”
Meanwhile, Texas is taking other actions to protect unborn babies and support mothers in need. Last week, Abbott signed a heartbeat law to prohibit abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. Nearly 30 Texas cities also have passed ordinances to ban abortions within their city limits. State House lawmakers also approved a $20 million increase in funding for programs that provide free support services to pregnant and parenting families.