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Questions regarding the Texas Heartbeat Act, S.B. 8, 2021-22, which restricts abortions and creates a private right of action.

The Texas Heartbeat Act, S.B. 8, 2021-2022, was signed into law on May 19, 2021, and took effect on September 1, 2021. It generally prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, and authorized uninvolved private parties to seek injunctions, statutory damages, and legal fees against those who perform such abortions.