Commonwealth Policy Center

A Texas law that recognizes and protects human life as soon as a heartbeat is found was allowed to stand by the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s considered the most pro-life law in the nation. Several other states, including Kentucky, have heartbeat laws that protect the unborn as early as six weeks. Critics say that the law infringes on a woman’s right to choose. Proponents say that a woman’s right ends when another life is at stake. The takeaway is that the Supreme Court is signaling that it is ready to overturn Roe v Wade, the ruling that legalized abortion on demand in the nation. If the Court eventually strikes down Roe–a law that it made up decades ago, the issue will revert to the states where lawmakers will be able to craft state policies to protect the unborn.