On Tuesday, a viral video on Twitter showed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott admitting on camera that Texas has effectively outlawed abortion.
At an event with the governor, Creator of the UnderCurrent TV Lauren Windsor thanked Abbott for defending the unborn, and then asked what else could be done.
“I signed two more laws already, one that prohibits mail-order abortion pills from being sent,” Abbot said. “The other is the most important, it’s called the Trigger Bill. What it means is if any other state files a lawsuit that the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade abortion is immidiately outlawed in Texas without us going into session.”
Furthermore, Windsor asked Abbott what else could be done to outlaw birth control and the morning after pill. But it seems Abbott didn’t exactly know the difference between the two.
“We did, I know cut down, not cut down, we outlawed the ability to get it by mail, but I don’t know,” Abbott said. “So basically we’ve outlawed abortion in Texas.”
House Bill 1280, which was signed by Abbott in June, states that if the U.S. Supreme Court reverses the Roe v. Wade precedent all abortions in Texas will be banned.
The bill also penalizes doctors or abortion providers up to $100,000 if they choose to perfom an abortion after the law is in effect.
While this bill waits for a SCOTUS decision, Texas’s current six-week abortion ban has effectively limited clinics services and required pregnant Texans to travel out of state for care.
In addition to the ban, the bill also deputizes private citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone who ‘aides and abets’ an abortion.Neither of these bills has an exception for rape or incest and are the strictest abortion laws in the country, according to reports.
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