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Mostly White Men Attend Signing Of Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

Reproductive health care advocates have already widely criticized the Texas law, which is expected to be challenged in court.

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) was surrounded by mostly white men when signing an anti-choice bill into law Wednesday. | Texas Governor’s office via Reuters
Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) was surrounded by mostly white men when signing an anti-choice bill into law Wednesday. | Texas Governor’s office via Reuters

A group of mostly white men watched Wednesday as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed into law a bill that bans abortion after a heartbeat is first discovered.

Under the so-called heartbeat bill, medical providers must check for a heartbeat before performing any abortion services and cannot provide the procedure if they detect one.

A heartbeat can be heard as early as six weeks — often before a person knows they are pregnant. The bill also allows for private individuals in the state to sue anyone who provides an abortion or help getting an abortion after a heartbeat is detected.

Reproductive health care advocates have already widely criticized the Texas law, which is expected to be challenged in court. This law comes as the U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it would hear an abortion case from Mississippi that directly challenges Roe v. Wade.

In the same week, Gov. Abbott issued an executive order banning local governments from imposing mask mandates, tweeting, "Texans, not gov't, should decide their best health practices."

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