AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has become the largest state with a law that that bans abortions before many women even know they are pregnant.
The measure signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott puts Texas in line with more than a dozen other states that have so-called heartbeat bills.
The measures ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, usually after six weeks. Federal courts have mostly blocked the measures from taking effect.
But the U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week to take up a Mississippi anti-abortion law and that is seen by abortion rights activists as a broader threat to women’s constitutional right to an abortion.
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