5th Circuit rejects pro-abortion challenges, Texas heartbeat law scheduled to go into effect Wednesday

By Dave Andrusko

In spite of a slew of last-ditch pro-abortion efforts, Texas’s SB 8, which prohibits elective abortions after the preborn child’s heartbeat is detectable, is scheduled to go into effect this Wednesday. More than 20 “abortion providers”  had filed an emergency motion Saturday night asking the  5th Circuit Court of Appeals “to issue a temporary stay or send the matter back to a lower court,” The Hill reported.  

However in a one page order, the “court blocked a hearing that had been set for Monday and declined to expedite the appeals process, even with the law scheduled to roll out Wednesday.”

Texas Right to Life [https://www.texasrighttolife.com/abortion-industry-files-lawsuit-to-stop-the-texas-heartbeat-act] explained that the plaintiffs “include ten abortion facilities, five abortionists and pro-abortion religious leaders, and six organizations that fund abortions.”

Abortionists, such as Whole Woman’s Health, predict the law would prevent 90% of all abortions currently performed in Texas. According to state data, in 2020 there were about 54,000 abortions performed while in 2019, there were some 56,000 abortions.