The Texas Heartbeat Law, which bans abortion after six weeks, is justified, believes Marjorie Dannenfelser of Fox News. Scientific advancements over past decades have allowed for a better understanding of fetuses. We now know that, even in the early stages, they develop the ability to feel pain. By week 15, they can yawn and hiccup. Roe vs Wade has upheld abortion in the US in ways that were too permissive, allowing abortions much later than even in many European nations. The Heartbeat Law reflects a growing consensus among many Americans that unborn children need to be protected. The previous standard was simply too lax.
Texas' new anti-abortion law is unconstitutional and cruel, writes Maria Cardona in Real Clear Politics. It will harm countless women in the state, denying them autonomy over their bodies. Most shamefully, the law has no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, even if they are underage. It also forces a pregnancy to be carried out even if it threatens the mother's health. Almost two-thirds of Americans want to uphold Roe vs Wade. A similar amount agree with abortion being legal. Texas' abortion law is inhumane and hypocritical, coming from Republicans who champion individual freedom only to deny it to women when it suits them.