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Texas governor quietly signs new law further restricting abortions

Texas governor quietly signs new law further restricting abortions
The law bans doctors from providing abortion-inducing medication to women who are seven or more weeks pregnant

Without any public ceremony, 知事 グレッグ・アボットテキサス has signed a bill into law that even further limits access to abortion in the state.

法律, Senate Bill 4, bans doctors from providing abortion-inducing medication to women who are seven or more weeks pregnant. The bill passed through Texas’ state legislature in August, and Mr Abbott quietly signed it on Friday, state records 公演.

The new law comes on the heels of Senate Bill 8, a highly restrictive abortion law that Mr Abbott signed with much more fanfare in May. The United States Supreme Court declined to block that law earlier this month, triggering a wave of outrage among pro-choice groups and a 訴訟 from the US Justice Department.

Senate Bill 4 has so far avoided that kind of backlash. Mr Abbott issued no press release or Twitter announcement that he’d signed the bill, and some news sources did not appear to notice he’d done so until this week.

It is perhaps a fitting beginning for a law that women’s rights groups have called a “back-door ban on abortion.”

“Anti-choice politicians in Texas are launching their attacks on abortion access from every angle imaginable,” Adrienne Kimmel, head of NARAL Pro-Choice America, で言った ステートメント. “This law blatantly tramples on Texans’ fundamental freedoms and pushes access to care further out of reach.”

独立者 has reached out to Governor Abbott’s office for comment, but has not yet heard back.

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