Texas fetal heartbeat bill gets push from social workers, lawyers

AUSTIN (Nexstar) – Senate Bill 8, known as the “fetal heartbeat bill,” will officially go into effect next week on Sept. 1 and is already in full swing.

The bill would allow any Texas citizen to sue someone who performs an abortion, to help or incite the process, if a heartbeat is detected in the uterus. This usually happens during the first six weeks of pregnancy.

The damages award could add up to $ 10,000.

“Helping” can include anything from giving a car ride to someone who is having an abortion, giving advice to giving to clinics that perform abortions.

That’s why social workers and a woman who makes regular donations to women’s health clinics are suing the state.

“My specific case is about donors, because the definition of help and encouragement, simply giving to places like Planned Parenthood, is help and encouragement to abortion,” explained Plan attorney Allie Van Stean.

“If I’m donating to Planned Parenthood, I’m not necessarily donating with the intention of helping women get abortions. Planned Parenthood and other sites offer necessary and necessary services, such as birth control, to an affordable and affordable option for to women who can’t afford it. They provide other important and necessary reproductive services for women, such as pap smears in general, ”Van Stean said, noting the ripple effect the bill could have on women’s health care in Texas.

Monica Faulkner is also filing a lawsuit against the state. She is a social worker and is concerned about how it may affect her when she helps victims of sexual assault or abuse.

“I have been a social worker for twenty years. Throughout my career I have worked with survivors of sexual assault in various roles. And it’s absurd for me to think that my job with the survivors would cost me $ 10,000, ”said Faulkner.

“Talking to a survivor of a sexual assault means providing them with all the information and answering all their questions, because they have taken away so much power from them, that my job in my role is to give them information, listen to them and process this information for them, ”Faulkner said.

He explained that he works with survivors of all ages and just wants them to know all his options.

“Some of them have been pregnant as a result of this aggression. Some of them chose to be parents, others aborted and others adopted. It’s not my place to judge, it’s your choice, ”Faulkner said.

These lawsuits are filed against the state. There is also another lawsuit filed against the pending federal court bill, filed by 20 abortion providers.