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Updated on: Wednesday, September 01, 2021, 01:44 PM IST

Texas abortion ban takes effect, with high court mum; netizens liken it to 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Still from 'The Handmaid's Tale' | Twitter

Still from 'The Handmaid's Tale' | Twitter

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A Texas law banning most abortions in the state took effect at midnight, but the Supreme Court has yet to act on an emergency appeal to put the law on hold.

If allowed to remain in force, the law would be the most dramatic restriction on abortion rights in the United States since the high court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion across the country in 1973.

The Texas law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks and before most women even know they're pregnant.

At least 12 other states have enacted bans on abortion early in pregnancy, but all have been blocked from going into effect.

What makes the Texas law different is its unusual enforcement scheme. Rather than have officials responsible for enforcing the law, private citizens are authorized to sue abortion providers and anyone involved in facilitating abortions. Among other situations, that would include anyone who drives a woman to a clinic to get an abortion. Under the law, anyone who successfully sues another person would be entitled to at least $10,000.

Abortion opponents who wrote the law also made it difficult to challenge the law in court, in part because it's hard to know whom to sue.

Lawmakers also are moving forward in an ongoing special session in Texas with proposed new restrictions on medication abortion, a method using pills that accounts for roughly 40% of abortions in the U.S.

The news has gathered outrage from people across the globe. This law is being called 'misogynist' and 'harm to women's rights'.

Here's how people are reacting. Have a look.

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Published on: Wednesday, September 01, 2021, 01:44 PM IST
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