Friday, 19 Aug, 2022

People in Texas can now carry a gun in public without a permit but can't get an abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy

A woman protests the Texas anti-abortion bill in New York City.Michael M. Santiago/Getty ImagesTexas' new abortion law, which bans them after six..

title A woman protests the Texas anti-abortion bill in New York City.
  • Texas' new abortion law, which bans them after six weeks of pregnancy, went into effect Wednesday.
  • A law allowing most gun owners carry one in public without a permit also went into effect Wednesday.
  • Both new laws have been met with criticism.
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From Wednesday, most people in Texas will be legally able to openly carry a gun without any permit or training, but won't be able to get an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

A new law that bans abortions for most women came into effect on midnight Wednesday, after the US Supreme Court did not block it on Tuesday.

The so-called "heartbeat" bill means women can't get an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That typically occurs around six weeks into a pregnancy, a point in which many women have not realized that they are pregnant.

President Joe Biden criticized the abortion law, saying the "extreme Texas law blatantly violates the constitutional right established under Roe v. Wade and upheld as precedent for nearly half a century."

A new gun law also came into effect in Texas on Wednesday, allowing people who legally own a firearm to carry it in public, in a holster, without a permit or training.

As the Texas Tribune reported, some law-enforcement officials aren't happy with the change.

Kevin Lawrence, the executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association, said: "When it comes down to it, it's just a sense of disappointment that the bill ultimately was passed."

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