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Listen In, Lubbock: SB 8 Pushes Legal System Into Uncharted Territory

Protesters gather outside of Citizen Tower before November public hearing regarding city-wide abortion ban.
Sarah Self-Walbrick / Texas Tech Public Media
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Protesters gather outside of Citizen Tower before November public hearing regarding city-wide abortion ban.

Starting September 1, Texas will ban abortions as soon as a fetal heart beat is detected, which in many cases is as early as six weeks. Senate Bill 8, also known as "the heartbeat bill," passed in the latest legislative session. It is the first of its kind in the fact that unlike other laws, this law gives the power of enforcement to the people by providing a pathway for anyone to sue an abortion provider or a person who helps a women obtain the procedure—a feature very similar to an ordinance passed in Lubbock. It’s putting the legal system in uncharted territory.
 

Guests:

Ashley Lopez, Health and Politics Reporter, KUT

Sarah Self-Walbrick, Seniore Reporter, Texas Tech Public Media

Helpful Links:

Texas' New Anti-Abortion Law Could Be Tough For Providers To Challenge In Court, by Ashley Lopez

Texas Lawmakers Pass Legislation That Would Immediately Outlaw All Abortions If 'Roe' Is Overturned, by Ashley Lopez

Senate Bill 8

Twenty abortion providers sue Texas officials over law that bans abortions as early as six weeks
 

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