Today, a Texas law designed to protect unborn children and their mothers from the tragedy of abortion went into effect at midnight. SB8 is designed to protect unborn children whose hearts have begun to beat.

“Hopefully, this law will begin saving the lives of tens of thousands of Texas babies and we look forward to the day that babies’ lives will be spared across America,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life (NRLC).

Tobias continued, “We applaud the efforts of our affiliate, Texas Right to Life, and pro-life Texans who have been devoted to providing a voice for the voiceless. We praise all of our state affiliates who have diligently and tirelessly worked with state legislators to protect unborn babies by passing laws that protect children whose hearts have begun to beat, babies who feel pain, and to prevent gruesome and horrific dismemberment abortions.”

As of late June more than 60 laws protecting unborn children have been passed in state legislatures.

The implementation of SB8 comes on the heels of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upholding a Texas state law based on National Right to Life model legislation that prohibits an abortionist from dismembering a living unborn child limb-by-limb from her mother’s womb. It also comes just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on a Mississippi law that protects unborn children after 15-weeks gestation.

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“Pro-life efforts in the state legislatures over the past three decades have saved millions of lives,” Tobias said. “National Right to Life joins with pro-lifers across the nation in applauding the efforts of state legislators to enact protective pro-life laws that save lives from coast to coast.”

National Right to Life’s Department of State Legislation was formed in 1989 partially in response to the Supreme Court decision in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. That case upheld a comprehensive Missouri law, heralded by NRLC affiliate, Missouri Right to Life, that prohibited the use of public facilities or personnel for abortions and required abortionists to determine the viability of the unborn child after 20 weeks. Since then, NRLC’s Department of State Legislation has effectively worked with our state affiliates and state legislatures to see hundreds of laws passed that have saved millions of lives.

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