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Most recent state attack on the right to choose.

In early September 2021, Texas state legislatures passed S.B. 8, which bans most abortions after about 6 weeks, which is before most women know they are pregnant [1].  What is essentially a "heart beat" law prohibits physicians from knowingly performing abortions if there is a detectable fetal heartbeat [2]. This law does make exceptions for medical emergencies [3]. It established patients cannot be sued, but those who assist in the procedure (physician, person who drives patient, etc) can be sued [4]. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed the Texas law to stand, even though they have yet to rule on it's constitutionality [5].

Supreme Court decision could change the course of history... again.

After allowing Texas's heartbeat law to pass, on December 1, 2021, the Supreme Court heard its most recent case regarding a woman's right to choose [6]. The case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health will be the first abortion related case the three judges appointed during President Trump's four-year term will hear, and the first in 29 years [7]. This case questions the constitutionality of Mississippi's 15-week ban, which is significantly before fetal viability (which is 22-24 weeks) [8]. Women across the country are afraid that this case has the potential to overturn the Roe decision, and take away their right to choose.

[1] Astor, Maggie. “Here’s What the Texas Abortion Law Says.” The New York Times, September 9, 2021, sec. U.S. https://www.nytimes.com/article/abortion-law-texas.html.
[2] Astor, Maggie.
[3] Astor, Maggie.
[4] Astor, Maggie.
[5] Livingston, Bethany Irvine and Abby. “U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas Is Lone Democrat to Vote against Federal Bill Protecting Abortion Rights.” The Texas Tribune, September 24, 2021. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/24/congress-reproductive-rights-texas-abortion-law/.
[6] Stern, Mark Joseph. “The Alternative to Overturning Roe That Terrifies Anti-Abortion Advocates.” Slate, November 30, 2021. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/11/dobbs-abortion-roe-casey-supreme-court.html.
[7] Stern, Mark Joseph. 
[8] Totenberg, Nina. “The Supreme Court Sets A Date For Arguments In Case That Could Challenge Roe V. Wade.” NPR, September 20, 2021, sec. National. https://www.npr.org/2021/09/20/1038972266/supreme-court-date-roe-wade-dobbs-jackson-womens.
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