This week Texas passed a good, pro-life law prohibiting abortion if the unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected.
It’s similar to a law Arkansas passed a little over eight years ago.
In 2013 the Arkansas Legislature passed S.B. 134 by Sen. Jason Rapert generally prohibiting abortion after the twelfth week of pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
Pro-abortion groups filed a lawsuit to block the state from enforcing this good, pro-life measure.
In the end, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals struck most of the law, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case.
However, the courts left the law’s informed-consent requirements in place, and some parts of the Eighth Circuit’s ruling actually gave Arkansas a framework for passing additional pro-life legislation in 2015 and 2017.
If Texas’ law is challenged, it’s possible their courts will rule differently and we could all get a pro-life victory out of the case.
All of this underscores that slowly, but surely, we are winning the fight against abortion.