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US Newly signed Texas law restricts abortion-inducing medications

03:30  25 september  2021
03:30  25 september  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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The law on medications prohibits mail-order abortion - inducing drugs and says doctors in the state are only allowed to prescribe them up to seven weeks after conception. Previously that restriction was set at 10 weeks. " Texas continues to lead the way in protecting unborn children and fostering Texas is at the center of the debate over abortion in the United States, enacting the most restrictive abortion laws in the country during recent legislative sessions. On Sept. 1, a new Texas law went into effect that bans the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected - which is at about six weeks in most cases.

The law prevents providers from prescribing abortion - inducing drugs more than seven weeks into pregnancy, instead of 10 weeks, the current limit. It takes effect on 2 December. Abbott signed the law with no meaningful fanfare on Friday and news about the event only broke later, triggering outrage from reproductive rights advocates who But about half of Texans want abortion to remain legal, Jones said. Will Metcalf, a Texas state representative, tweeted last month that the bill sought a “crackdown on unsafe ‘mail order’ abortions” and to increase reporting requirements for medical complications.

By Brad Brooks

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LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday signed a new law that restricts access to abortion-inducing medications, just weeks after the state rolled out a near-total ban on abortion procedures.

The law on medications prohibits mail-order abortion-inducing drugs and says doctors in the state are only allowed to prescribe them up to seven weeks after conception. Previously that restriction was set at 10 weeks.

"Texas continues to lead the way in protecting unborn children and fostering a culture of life," Abbott said in a written statement. "We have taken monumental steps to save babies from the ravages of abortion."

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image captionAnti- abortion demonstrations have been taking place in Texas . The US Supreme Court has refused to block a new law in Texas that bans abortions for most women. Dr Ghazaleh Moayedi, who carries out abortions in her OB/GYN practice in north Texas , said she feels targeted. In the 15 years that she has worked in abortion care, she has seen greater restrictions in the state, but never anything as aggressive as this law . "Providing abortion care, and accessing abortion care is actually the very heart of being Texan ," Moayedi told the BBC.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law on Friday placing restrictions on abortion - inducing drugs statewide. This move comes weeks after another piece of abortion legislation, S.B. 8, took effect, banning abortions in the state after fetal heartbeat detection. The law “prohibit[s] a person from providing an abortion - inducing drug to a pregnant woman without satisfying the applicable informed consent requirements for abortions and to require a physician who provides such a drug to comply with the applicable physician reporting requirements regarding abortions.”

Texas is at the center of the debate over abortion in the United States, enacting the most restrictive abortion laws in the country during recent legislative sessions.

On Sept. 1, a new Texas law went into effect that bans the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected - which is at about six weeks in most cases. Abortion rights groups say that 85% to 90% of all abortions are carried out after six weeks.

Texas is among a dozen mostly Republican-led states that have enacted "heartbeat" abortion bans that outlaw the procedure once the rhythmic contracting of fetal cardiac tissue can be detected - which is at times before a woman realizes she is pregnant. Courts have blocked such bans.

But the Texas law empowers private citizens anywhere to sue abortion providers and anybody who assists a woman in getting one. That helped shield the law from being immediately blocked as it made it more difficult to directly sue the government.

Abortion providers in Texas on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene on an urgent basis in their challenge to a state law imposing a near-total ban on abortion.

(Reporting by Brad Brooks in Lubbock, Texas; Editing by Sam Holmes)

Newly signed Texas law restricts abortion-inducing medications .
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