TEXAS (September 1, 2021)—
Major abortion providers in Texas said Wednesday that they are following the state’s new restrictive law and have canceled appointments that made up the vast majority of abortions in the state until a day ago.
The new restrictions went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court did not act on providers’ requests to block the law before the Sept. 1 effective date, allowing Texas to become perhaps the hardest place to get an abortion in the United States.
The law bans abortions as early as six weeks — a period before many women realize they are pregnant. It places responsibility for enforcing the rule on members of the general public, allowing anyone to sue for damages against someone they suspect is “aiding and abetting” an abortion. Providers say that the law prevents at least 85% of the procedures previously completed in the state.
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Source: Texas Tribune