Texas governor signs law banning abortions early as 6 weeks

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has become the largest state with a law that bans abortions before many women even know they are pregnant.

The measure signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott puts Texas in line with more than a dozen other states that have so-called heartbeat bills.

The measures ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, possibly as early as six weeks. Federal courts have mostly blocked the measures from taking effect.

But the Supreme Court agreed this week to take up a Mississippi anti-abortion law and that is seen by abortion-rights activists as a broader threat to women’s constitutional right to an abortion.

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