Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke slammed the state’s “extreme” heartbeat law this week at a campaign event, claiming it “has functionally banned abortion in Texas.”
Life News reports:
Though polls show that the heartbeat law has support among Texans, O’Rourke attacked it during a campaign event in Fort Stockton, according to the report.
“This is the most extreme law in the United States of America pushed for and signed by [pro-life Republican Gov.] Greg Abbott,” he said. “I trust women to make decisions about their own bodies.”
The pro-life law, which went into effect Sept. 1, prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Pro-life state leaders estimate the law already has saved thousands of babies’ lives.
Unique from other states, the Texas law includes a private enforcement mechanism that allows people to file lawsuits against abortionists who violate the law and those who help them.
O’Rourke mischaracterized this part of the law, erroneously claiming it “places a $10,000 bounty on the head of any woman who seeks to make a personal, private health care decision that is none of the state’s or the governor’s business,” according to the report.