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Governor Signs Bipartisan Heartbeat Bill Into Law to Save Lives ‘From the Ravages of Abortion’

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Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed the state’s new heartbeat law on Wednesday — a measure that would prohibit abortions in Texas as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The law will take effect in September.

The state’s legislative leaders “worked together on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill that I’m about to sign that ensures that the life of every unborn child who has a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion,” Abbott said in a video livestreamed on Facebook.

Abbott quickly posted on Twitter regarding the new bill. “In Texas, we will always lead the way to protect the unborn,” he wrote.

The bill adds Texas to the list of conservative-led states that have passed similar “heartbeat bills,” which federal courts have mostly blocked.

Prior to Texas, Idaho became to latest state to pass a “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban.

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