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Texas lawmakers are now trying to ban abortion at six weeks

With the ink barely dry on Texas' sweeping new abortion law, three Republican members of the state House on Thursday filed a so-called "fetal heartbeat" ban, a measure that would criminalize abortion as early as six weeks, before most women even know they're pregnant.

North Dakota is the only state to ban abortion at six weeks, though the law is currently being challenged by reproductive rights groups.

There has been no official comment on the measure as of this posting, though it will undoubtedly face harsh criticism and fierce opposition from the thousands of Texans rallying against the Republican-controlled Legislature's efforts to eliminate access to safe abortion care in the state.

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