Senate lawmakers are holding a hearing to examine the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to block a new Texas abortion law.
The Senate's Judiciary Committee is meeting today in Washington.
The majority of the justices of the country's highest court declined to intervene and block the so-called "heartbeat law" which bans abortions after about six weeks after conception.
Tht time would often come before most women know they are pregnant.
"And I am here today because both our right and access to abortion are at perilous crossroads,” said Fatima Gross Graves of the National Women’s Law Center. “And with that our liberty and equality are in crisis as well because with every attack on our fundamental human right to reproductive healthcare, including abortion care, each of those values erode. And a right without access is a right denied. Abortion opponents know this and have mounted their offense since Roe was decided and have dramatically increased their efforts in the last three years."
Texas Senate Bill 8 is one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws.
It’s an edict that providers and abortion rights advocacy groups call extreme, radical and unjustified.
The second part of the hearing can be found here.
The first part of the hearing can be found here.