Texas abortion ban: what it means and what happens next

21 October, 2021


On October 20, SRHM hosted a webinar where we discussed the Texas abortion ban, the strategies being pursued to stop its enforcement and the ban’s implications for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the US and beyond.


On September 1, the state of Texas implemented Senate Bill 8 (SB8) banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, including in cases of rape and incest. This is one of the most restrictive state laws on abortion in the country. In response, the US justice department has filed an emergency motion seeking to block enforcement of the state law while it pursues legal action. In contrast, the Supreme Court declined to block the ban, also known as the Texas Heartbeat Act.

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Dr. Kari White
Associate Professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and Faculty Research Associate at the Population Research Center at The University of Texas
Melanie Fontes
Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights
Dr. Samuel Dickman
Medical Director for Primary Care at Planned Parenthood South Texas


Mindy Jane Roseman
SRHM Associate Editor, Director of International Law Programs at Yale Law and Director of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights