Celebrity news, beauty, fashion advice, and fascinating features, delivered straight to your inbox!
Thank you for signing up to . You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.
In another major blow to abortion rights, Texas's legislature passed a bill late Tuesday that would effectively ban abortion in the state if Roe. v Wade falls. (opens in new tab) House Bill 1280, known as a "trigger ban," would come into effect 30 days after a Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, or if a court ruling or constitutional amendment gave states the power to ban abortions. The bill does not make exceptions for people who are pregnant by rape as well as in cases of fetal abnormalities, and only has a small exception: if a pregnant person's life is at great risk.
Outside of greatly restricting a pregnant person's constitutionally protected right to receive care, the ban would also make it a second-degree felony to perform or attempt to perform an abortion, increased to a first-degree felony if the fetus dies as a result, which could result in a life prison sentence. Abortion providers could also be fined $100,000 for attempting to perform an abortion, and risk getting their medical license revoked for violating the ban.
The blow comes less than one week after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a fetal heartbeat bill, one of the strictest abortion laws nationwide, which bans abortion in the state after a heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks. This is well before many people even know they are pregnant—and certainly does not leave pregnant people enough time to receive care, especially because state law (opens in new tab) requires that all pregnant people seeking an abortion have at least two visits to the abortion facility.
Texas, which bans telehealth abortion, or teleabortion, (opens in new tab) only has 21 open abortion clinics in the entire state, according to 2017 data by the Guttmacher Institute (opens in new tab) (though those numbers may differ today; only 17 come up in the state on the National Abortion Federation provider locator (opens in new tab)). That means many people may need to drive hours back and forth to receive crucial care—and do it on a time crunch. And those few providers must service thousands of people seeking care (56,600 in 2019, according to data). (opens in new tab)
The trigger ban could have a domino effect in other hostile states that are considering their own restrictive abortion bans that undermine Roe v. Wade. (Hostile states are already introducing legislation that weakens Roe v. Wade; Texas is the eleventh state to introduce a trigger ban.)
As another major state abortion case (opens in new tab) makes its way to the (conservatively learning) Supreme Court, the fate of a person's right to receive care is more fragile than ever.
Megan DiTrolio is the editor of features and special projects at Marie Claire, where she oversees all career coverage and writes and edits stories on women’s issues, politics, cultural trends, and more. In addition to editing feature stories, she programs Marie Claire’s annual Power Trip conference and Marie Claire’s Getting Down To Business Instagram Live franchise.
Kate Middleton Shares the Tricky Milestone Prince George is Mastering
The future king is growing up so quickly.
By Rachel Burchfield
Camilla, Queen Consort, Often “Calls the Shots” for King Charles III, Book Claims
Her influence on her husband is not just personal—it’s professional, too.
By Rachel Burchfield
Kate Middleton Shares Her Kids’ (Brutally Honest) Reaction to Her Engagement Photos
The pictures were taken 12 years ago.
By Rachel Burchfield
How New York's First Female Governor Plans to Fight for Women If Reelected
Kathy Hochul twice came to power because men resigned amid sexual harassment scandals. Here, how she's leading differently.
By Emily Tisch Sussman
Why the 2022 Midterm Elections Are So Critical
As we blaze through a highly charged midterm election season, Swing Left Executive Director Yasmin Radjy highlights rising stars who are fighting for women’s rights.
By Tanya Benedicto Klich
Tammy Duckworth: 'I’m Mad as Hell' About the Lack of Federal Action on Gun Safety
The Illinois Senator won't let the memory of the Highland Park shooting just fade away.
By Sen. Tammy Duckworth
Roe Is Gone. We Have to Keep Fighting.
Democracy always offers a path forward even when we feel thrust into the past.
By Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland, hosts of Pantsuit Politics Podcast
The Supreme Court's Mississippi Abortion Rights Case: What to Know
The case could threaten Roe v. Wade.
By Megan DiTrolio
Sex Trafficking Victims Are Being Punished. A New Law Could Change That.
Victims of sexual abuse are quietly criminalized. Sara's Law protects kids that fight back.
By Dr. Devin J. Buckley and Erin Regan
My Family and I Live in Navajo Nation. We Don't Have Access to Clean Running Water
"They say that the United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Why are citizens still living with no access to clean water?"
By Amanda L. As Told To Rachel Epstein
30 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men
If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, show them these statistics.
By Megan Friedman