Texas “Trigger” Abortion Ban to Take Effect Today

Abortionists can face harsher penalties starting Thursday, August 25, 2022, when the state’s “trigger law” takes effect. The Human Life Protection Act will make illegal abortion a felony and, most importantly, grant authority to the Texas attorney general to enforce the policy.

Abortion became illegal immediately in June when the state’s pre-Roe v. Wade statutes regained effect after the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Current pre-Roe laws, however, can only be enforced by local authorities with a punishment of two to five years in jail. The “trigger law” will enhance penalties to a felony and will grant the attorney general authority to bring a $100,000 civil lawsuit if abortionists break the law.

Pregnant mothers seeking abortion will not be punished. Miscarriage treatment is not impacted by the Pro-Life policy, and the law contains an exception to protect the life of a mother

As more Democrat-run cities in Texas attempt to allow abortions to resume in the state, Texas Right to Life recognizes the need for additional enforcement methods. The new “trigger law” provides another avenue of stopping abortions by giving the attorney general ability to sue abortionists. Thus, even if local police or district attorneys refuse to investigate or prosecute illegal abortions on criminal charges, the abortionist could still face a $100,000 civil lawsuit from the state.

While the additional penalties are a welcome change, they are not enough to ensure preborn children are protected in our state. The Pro-Life movement has witnessed that we need a variety of enforcement tools to stop the abortion industry. Thus, Texas Right to Life is speaking with state lawmakers to pass a bill in the next legislative session that would allow private citizens to sue abortionists who break state law, similar to the Texas Heartbeat Act. 

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.