WASHINGTON, D.C — (09-01-21) — President Joe Biden slammed the newly passed Texas six-week abortion law that effectively bans abortions in the state. In a statement released to the press on Wednesday, Biden ripped the law saying that it “blatantly violates the constitutional right established under Roe v. Wade and upheld as precedent for nearly half a century.”
The Six-Week Abortion bill signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Greg Abbot, prohibits abortions in Texas as early as six weeks when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, even though many women aren’t aware they are pregnant at that stage of their pregnancy.
The draconian bill allows any private citizen to sue abortion providers and others who assist in the abortion, making every clinic that provides such a service liable and open to criminal charges.
Gov. Greg Abbot said at the bill signing ceremony, “Our creator endowed us with the right to life, and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion” while praising a “bipartisan” effort to pass a bill before signing into law the bill that he described as ensuring that “the life of every unborn child who has a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion.”
President Biden ripped the bill in his statement saying the Texas law ”will significantly impair women’s access to the health care they need, particularly for communities of color and individuals with low incomes.”
Statement from President Biden on Texas Six-Week Abortion Law:
“Today, Texas law SB8 went into effect. This extreme Texas law blatantly violates the constitutional right established under Roe v. Wade and upheld as precedent for nearly half a century.
The Texas law will significantly impair women’s access to the health care they need, particularly for communities of color and individuals with low incomes. And, outrageously, it deputizes private citizens to bring lawsuits against anyone who they believe has helped another person get an abortion, which might even include family members, health care workers, front desk staff at a health care clinic, or strangers with no connection to the individual.
My administration is deeply committed to the constitutional right established in Roe v. Wade nearly five decades ago and will protect and defend that right.”
“The signing of the bill opens a new frontier in the battle over abortion restrictions as first-of-its-kind legal provisions — intended to make the law harder to block — are poised to be tested in the courts. Abortion rights advocates have promised to challenge the new law, which they consider one of the most extreme nationwide and the strictest in Texas since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. It would amount to an outright ban on abortions, as the six-week cutoff is two weeks after a missed menstrual cycle, opponents say.”
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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