Here. It's not banning abortion. They will still happen. It's criminalising those women who seek safe abortion, those those who provide them and those who support women who make this choice. Astonishingly, those who leave the state to get one, or support those materially who get one in another state can be prosecuted.
One of the blind sports in American conceptions of federalism is that state governments have often been the most oppressive. Devolving governing power away from the Federal govt to state govts has resulted in a very illiberal tradition of hick authoritarianism.
These states are banking on Roe being overturned, and they may get it.
"The bill is misleadingly termed a “heartbeat” bill, and it bans abortions at any stage of pregnancy after the detection of “embryonic or fetal cardiac activity”. But “heartbeat” is a bit is a bit of a misnomer, since the cardiac activity that is first detected in an embryo is not a heartbeat by any stretch of the imagination; what is first observed is the pulsing of cells that are specializing and will eventually become a heart. At this point in the pregnancy, the fetus has no brain and no face.
This cellular movement can first be detected at a phase of pregnancy referred to as six weeks of gestation. But this, too, is a misleading phrase. Gestational age is measured not from insemination, but from the beginning of the patient’s last menstrual period. So the bill bans all abortions at four weeks after conception, or roughly two weeks after the woman’s first missed period.
This stage of pregnancy is often past before the patient even knows that she is pregnant. This is the idea: to make the logistical, legal and monetary burdens to access an abortion so heavy that most women will not be able to get one."