Headline RoundupSeptember 2nd, 2021

Perspectives: New Texas Abortion Law

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Texas' new ban on most abortions, coupled with the Supreme Court's decision not to hear a challenge to the law, has revived sharp divisions on abortion among Americans. In public opinion polls, abortion consistently ranks among America's most divisive issues. The new law bans abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected, which usually takes place six weeks into a pregnancy. The law also bars state officials from enforcing it, and instead authorizes private persons to bring civil action against people who perform or knowingly assist the abortion process.

News outlets and columnists across the spectrum have highlighted the ban this week. Left- and center-rated voices were often critical of the ban. Many raised concerns about victims of rape and incest not having abortion access; many also accused conservatives of hypocrisy for supporting personal choice on COVID-19 pandemic guidelines but not abortion. Some libertarian voices questioned the ban's constitutionality and its alignment with Supreme Court precedent. Right-rated voices often celebrated the ban, with some praising it for enacting "strong legislative protections for unborn children"; some on the right raised concerns that the ruling could hurt Republican chances in upcoming elections due to the general support among Americans for keeping abortion legal.

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