October 1 marks a month since the Texas Heartbeat Act came into force, banning abortions beyond six weeks, that is, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Since its inception, approximately 150 unborn lives were spared abortion every day, meaning that approximately 4,500 babies will be able to be born because of the law. According to estimates from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the 6-week ban could save more than 33,000 lives next year if it remains in place.
This law has withstood many challenges since its passage and has triumphantly continued to defend human life. Even as radical abortion supporters desperately seek a way to block democratically passed legislation, the Texas Heartbeat Act shamelessly preserves the lives and futures of babies in the womb with each passing day.
Like the obedient servants of God who were protected by the Angel of the Lord in the furnace, Texas’ Heartbeat Act has persevered through fiery attacks. The outcry from abortion supporters was instantaneous over her passage by the state legislature and signed by Governor Abbott in the spring. Members of the abortion lobby, led by Planned Parenthood, have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to block the law before it can go into effect. However, in a 5-4 decision, the Court upheld the law on procedural technicality, allowing it to take effect.
In reactionary strategy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi forced a vote on the misleading name Women’s Health Protection Act (HR 3755). It should really be called the demand abortion law, since it would effectively codify Roe vs. Wade and stamping out the vast majority of state-level pro-life laws, including the Texas Heartbeat Act. The legislation was passed in the House last Friday and moved to the Senate for consideration in the near future. Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco, who has a duty to educate President Nancy Pelosi as a baptized Catholic in her diocese, declared that HR 3755 amounts to child sacrifice.
Fortunately, the drastically radical nature of HR 3755 has ruffled feathers even some Democrats. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are hampered by Bill’s mission to overturn democratically instituted laws in states that are created to promote women’s informed consent and human rights, such as requirements for ultrasound, parental notification requirements for minors and prohibitions on gender discrimination. selective abortions.
Texas was well prepared for the influx of mothers needing help after the ban; Texas has approx 230 pregnancy resource centers (PCR) that meet the needs of mothers – more than any other state in the nation. A report shows that 46% of Texans support the 6-week ban, only 43% oppose it and 11% are undecided. While these statistics are encouraging, they also demonstrate the work that remains to be done to educate all Americans about the inherent dignity of human life from conception. Texas also provides a resource readiness model for mothers that other states with pro-life laws should pursue.
The Texas Heartbeat Act has opened the eyes of pro-life lawmakers across the country, who are now seeking to produce similar bills in their own states. Act for imitate texas law takes place in Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has shown support for a six-week ban that has been introduced in the Legislature last Wednesday. In Pennsylvania, lawmakers are anxiously seeking the election of a Republican governor in 2022 which would make it possible to enact a 6-week ban.
Through its month-long saving action, the Texas Heartbeat Act has raised hope that a better national understanding of the humanity of the unborn child will lead to a favorable decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center, which the United States Supreme Court will hear on December 1.
As more pro-life bills are being considered across the country and the pro-life movement is praying that Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Dobbs affair, it is clear that Americans increasingly value life and will increasingly oppose those who seek to end the lives of the most vulnerable humans.
Originally published in Family tracing council.
Joy Zavalick is a research assistant for the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council.