Abbott signs trigger-bill outlawing abortion completely if Roe v. Wade is overturned

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Texas will become the first state to outlaw abortion procedures completely after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a new trigger-bill into law.

The legislation, which completely bans abortions with very few exceptions, would only take effect if certain necessary conditions are met, such as a court legally overturning Roe v. Wade or a national law that authorizes states to prohibit abortion.

“A favorable ruling would make Texas one of the first states to end abortions,” said state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, pointing to a legal challenge before the Supreme Court.


House Bill 1280, which Capriglione authored, would automatically be enacted 30 days after the necessary condition is met. Texas doctors who perform abortions under the new law would face life in prison or pay up to $100,000 in fines.

The governor’s signature on the legislation comes just one month after he signed a bill that banned abortions after six weeks into a pregnancy.

"Our creator endowed us with the right to life, and yet, millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion," he said at the time. "In Texas, we work to save those lives. That's exactly what the Texas Legislature did this session."

The Texas Heartbeat Act prevents abortion clinics from performing or inducing "an abortion on a pregnant woman unless the physician has determined" the unborn child does not yet have a heartbeat.

The bills also come in tandem with at least 24 Texas cities outlawing abortions.


Lubbock, Texas, became the largest city in the Lone Star State to become a “sanctuary city for the unborn” after residents voted to outlaw abortion completely.

Sixty-two percent of the city voted to support Proposition A, which prohibits abortions without any exceptions.

“It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the City of Lubbock, Texas,” the ordinance read.

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