Texas abortion law: more than 600 protests in all 50 states to take place on Saturday

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Texas and its controversial restrictive abortion law will take center stage on Saturday, as more than 600 marches and rallies will take place before Arguments of the Supreme Court on Monday.

The event, organized by the activist group Women’s march, will begin at 9 am at the Texas Capitol. Protesters and state officials will denounce the approval of Senate Bill 8, which prohibits abortion procedures in six weeks pregnant, before many people realize they are pregnant.

The Republican Party-led polarizer SB 8 made world headlines after taking effect on September 1, becoming the The most restrictive abortion law in the US While it has received praise from conservatives, opponents say it is a total abortion ban disguised as a limitation. Additionally, many (including President Joe Biden) they say it’s live rape of Roe v. Wade – and it may even be the crumbling of the 1973 Supreme Court abortion legalization decision.

At least 35 Texas cities will host marches, including Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, McAllen and Abilene.

Events will take place in the other 49 states, including New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Chicago. An event abroad will also be held in Madrid, Spain.

Among its most condemned aspects, SB 8 also allows private citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone who helps someone get an abortion. Critics say this put a bounty on people’s heads and encourage frivolous judgments. Citizens can be sued for $ 10,000 or more if an abortion is performed outside of the six-week period.

In particular, SB 8 does not include exceptions for victims of rape or incest. In response to naysayers, Gov. Greg Abbott said the law gives rape victims a six-week period to have an abortion, and therefore “doesn’t do that. [force victims to have their assaulter’s child]. ” Instead of, Abbott said Texas would “eliminate” rapists. The comments were widely ridiculed and debated, with many arguing that there is no realistic way to go about it.

In September, United States Attorney General Merrick Garland promised The US Department of Justice Would Protect Those Seeking Abortions while urgently working to protect access to abortion. The bill made its way to the United States Supreme Court, who eventually allowed the law to stand. On Monday, SCOTUS will look again, although opponents worry that the conservative court, now a majority, could launch a reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Abbott also later banned the use of abortion drugs after seven weeks, including a ban on mailing prescription pills.

The so-called “Heartbeat Bill” has also faced criticism, as there is speculation in the medical community as to whether the activity is often considered a heartbeat even it is a heartbeat. Some medical experts argue that there are no heart fully developed at six weeks gestational period and that the sound referred to as a heartbeat is actually “electrically induced flicker“From fetal tissue, called” pole. “

Gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter says that the “pole” is thickening at the end of the yolk sac, the circular spot seen on ultrasound, is simply the cardiac activity of cells but not an independent heart with a beat. Gunter writes that while calling the “fetus” a “fetus” at this stage of pregnancy is technically correct, it is simply “a 4mm thickening next to a yolk sac.”

This is a developing story. KXAN will broadcast portions of the Texas Capitol rally Saturday morning in this story, on KXAN.com, in the official KXAN Facebook News page and in the KXAN News app.

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