Different Republican leaders and conservative groups applauded Texas’s new pro-life “Heartbeat” law. They are now preparing to introduce similar bills in different states.
A majority of Republican states passed increasingly stringent limits on abortion procedures in recent years. Republicans previously resorted to various legal strategies to find new ways to remove right-to-life obstacles from the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe versus Wade ruling. Federal courts blocked most of these efforts after abortion service providers, backed by progressive politicians, took legal action.
However, the Texas decision could give new legal grounds to argue in support of respecting and caring for unborn children. Republican legislators in at least six states expressed interest in introducing bills using the Texas law as a model when the “Heartbeat” law was approved, on Aug. 2. They hope it will provide a new pathway to ban abortion.
Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) has already announced new legislation that conforms to Texas law.
“I think most conservative states in the South will look at this inaction by the court, and will see that as perhaps a chance to move on that issue,” he said according to WESH2.
McDaniel specifically referred to the Supreme Court’s refusal to block the Texan law, following an emergency petition from abortion industry-linked organizations.
Florida Legislature Republican leaders described the court ruling as a green light to implement tighter restrictions on abortion across the Sunshine State. They will discuss different options once lawmakers convene in 2022.
State Senate President Wilton Simpson (R) confirmed the Florida state Legislature is “already working” on a bill similar to the Texas measure.
State House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R) also vowed to push for tighter restrictions on abortion.
Republican lawmakers and abortion opponents in Arkansas, Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota and other GOP-controlled states similarly indicated they were considering to push bills resembling the Texan law.
Progressive lawmakers are disappointed with the court’s latest decision. They refuse to stand back, and promise to do everything in their power to undermine the new Texas legislation and prevent it from spreading to other states.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) urged fellow Democrats to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court bench, and pack the court with liberal appointees. She believes this would result in more pro-abortion rulings according to her Twitter post.
The Texas law bans abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity in the fetus. This is usually around the six-week mark.