Abortions in Texas
Restrictions on Abortions in Texas
As of September 1, 2021, The Texas Heartbeat Act bans abortion after the detection of an unborn child’s heartbeat, which normally occurs after about six weeks of pregnancy. The act authorizes members of the public to sue anyone who performs or facilitates an illegal abortion for a minimum of $10,000 in statutory damages per abortion, plus court costs and attorneys’ fees.
Additionally, beginning December 2, 2021, a new law restricts abortion-inducing medication, the most common abortion method in Texas. The law makes it a felony to provide the medication after seven weeks of pregnancy, Texas’ new law also specifies that no one may provide abortion medication “by courier, delivery, or mail service".