How have you been affected by Texas’ new abortion law? We want to hear your story

The new restrictions that allows private citizens to sue anyone who aids or abets an woman getting an abortion in violation of the law went into effect Sept. 1.

How have you been affected by Texas’ new abortion law? We want to hear your story.

On Sept. 1, Texas enacted what many consider the most restrictive abortion regulations in the nation. SB 8, also called the “Heartbeat Act,” bans health care providers from preforming abortions once fetal cardiac activity is detected, which is approximately six weeks.

The law has a civil enforcement mechanism in which anyone who helps her a woman get an abortion, including doctors, clergy, friends, and family can be sued by a private citizen for up to $10,000 plus attorney fees. Women who obtain abortions cannot be sued.

That part of the law is unprecedented, and lawyers are unsure how it will play out in the courts. But we want to know how the law has impacted Texans so far.

Whether you are a person seeking an abortion, a physician, or an employee or patient of medical facility, or someone who intends to pursue legal action under the new law, we want to hear from Texas residents about their experiences under SB 8.

BeLynn Hollers, General assignment reporter covering North Texas with a focus on religious and social service service organizations. BeLynn Hollers covers faith and religion as a news fellow for Intercollegiate Studies Institute. She is a recent politics graduate from the University of Dallas, where she worked as a reporter and editor for The University News.


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