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A recently passed Texas pro-life law has already been defended by the nation’s highest court and could save countless lives every day in the Lone Star State. 

After more than 53,000 babies were aborted in Texas in 2020, the state Legislature approved the Texas Heartbeat Act, a law that makes it illegal to kill a child in the womb once his or her heartbeat is detected. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the act into law earlier this year, and on Wednesday, that legislation formally took effect statewide. Pro-abortion advocates claim this bill overtly violates 50 years of the legal precedent set by Roe v. Wade.

The Heartbeat Act uniquely allows private citizens, not government officials, to take civil legal action against physicians and clinics who continue to offer abortion services to a patient after a fetal heartbeat is detected, though the bill explicitly does not allow for the prosecution of mothers seeking to abort their child.

The bill also allows for legal compensation of no less than $10,000 to those private citizens who are victorious in their court battles with abortion providers. 

Ever since Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill several months ago, numerous abortion advocacy groups and profiteers have sued to block the legislation. However, last night, the Supreme Court of the United States voted 5-4 to deny an injunction that would have stopped the Heartbeat Act from becoming law in Texas. 

“Federal courts enjoy the power to enjoin individuals tasked with enforcing laws, not the laws themselves. And it is unclear whether the named defendants in this lawsuit can or will seek to enforce the Texas law against the applicants in a manner that might permit our intervention,” the Court wrote. 

In other words, since the Heartbeat Act specifically prohibits the state from prosecuting violators, the Supreme Court did

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