Politics

What Texas’ Abortion Law Means, By The Numbers

From the $10,000 bounty to the people affected.

The U.S. Supreme Court didn't respond to an application to stop the new Texas abortion law, SB 8.
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images

On Sept. 1, Texas enacted one of the country’s most restrictive abortion bans, known as Senate Bill 8 or SB 8. It not only makes abortion after six weeks illegal, but also allows people to sue clinics, providers, or anyone who helps a patient seek abortion care in the state. By a vote of 5-4, the United States Supreme Court refused to block the law. To understand its scope, click along.

26

Number of abortion restrictions Texas has passed in the last decade. According to the Guttmacher Institute, these include punitive legal requirements, such as mandated counseling for abortion-seekers and a ban on abortion-related telehealth.

Star Tribune via Getty Images/Star Tribune/Getty Images