Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law which bans dismemberment abortions in the state.
The Christian Post reports that the state’s House and Senate passed the bill last month before it went to Abbott for approval. Texas is now the eighth state to ban dismemberment abortion, which is the gruesome procedure of tearing an unborn child limb from limb from the mother’s womb.
"A person may not intentionally perform a dismemberment abortion unless the dismemberment abortion is necessary in a medical emergency," reads the new law, known as Senate Bill 8.
Pro-life groups praised Abbott’s signing of the law. "By signing SB 8, including the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Amendment, into law Governor Abbott has confirmed the most significant Pro-Life victory of the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature," stated Texas Right to Life.
"The Dismemberment Abortion Ban Amendment is a monumental step in protecting the most vulnerable among us and advancing Pro-Life legislation in our state and across the country,” continued the pro-life group.
Pro-abortion groups denounced the law. "It is disgusting and shameful that Gov. Abbott is wasting taxpayer dollars to force through even more regulations on our reproductive freedoms, especially after signing such a harmful bill in SB 8," said Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.
The law will go into effect on September 1, 2017.
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Publication date: June 8, 2017