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Texas Supreme Court Unanimously Decided that State Licensing Officials Do Not Have the Ability to Enforce SB8

Mar 11, 2022 | 2022 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

WASHINGTON — In a court ruling on Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that state licensing officials do not have the ability to enforce SB8. The ruling means that abortionists cannot sue state officials in an effort to prevent enforcement of SB8.

Texas SB8 is also known as “The Heartbeat Act.” The Texas law is designed to protect unborn children whose hearts have begun to beat, usually at about 6 weeks of pregnancy. The Texas law is unique in that enforcement of the law is left to private citizens to sue abortion clinics and doctors who violate the state law, and not by state officials through criminal penalties.

“The Texas Supreme Court correctly interpreted that SB8 does not authorize enforcement by a state official, either directly or indirectly,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life (NRL). “While other suits are ongoing, National Right to Life is pleased that the law is continuing to save unborn babies every day.”

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of affiliates in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.