Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Mar 11, 2022 / 15:40 pm
The Texas Supreme Court ended a final challenge to the state’s Heartbeat Act Friday, leaving in place one of the nation’s most robust pro-life laws.
Pro-life leaders hailed the ruling, in a case brought by the state’s abortion providers, as a major victory.
“This is a big win for children in Texas,” Lila Rose, president of the pro-life group Live Action, said in a statement. “The law will continue to protect children with a detectable heartbeat from the violence of abortion."
Conversely, opponents of the act decried the ruling as a further erosion of a legal framework in place since the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. In a tweet, the American Civil Liberty Union called the decision “a devastating blow for abortion rights in Texas and across the country.”