Outside the Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in San Antonio, a pro-life protester kneels on a sidewalk next to a busy freeway and holds up a wooden crucifix while occasional motorists honk in support.
Others shout out the window that he should “go home”.
Texas the focus in a new wave is more restrictive cancellation Laws across America.
Last month, new rules were introduced That means women in the state cannot terminate their pregnancies here once a fetal heartbeat is detected, often after six weeks and often before they even realize they are pregnant.
It has sparked widespread outrage, creating hundreds of so-called abortion refugees, with many women having no choice but to travel outside of Texas to abort a pregnancy.
Destiny Wilson thinks she is one of the lucky ones who experienced symptoms early in her pregnancy and made her aware that birth control had failed.
She had to return to a San Antonio clinic every day for a week before returning a positive ultrasound test and performing an abortion.
âIt was frustrating and scary,â she says, âto know that within 48 hours of a positive ultrasound, a fetal heartbeat could occur and then I would have to pay to go abroad to have an abortion.
“There were a lot of young girls in the clinic, one of whom I will never forget.
“She appeared to be around 15 years old and was too advanced in her pregnancy to have an abortion. She cried and begged the doctor ‘not to let her carry that monster’s child.'”
Unlike previous government-enforced abortion laws, what is known as the “Heartbeat Act” is enforced on a daily basis, individuals who can sue abortion providers, and even taxi drivers who take a woman to an abortion appointment for at least $ 10,000.
This has particularly upset women’s rights activists like Diana Gomez from Progress Texas.
She said, âVigilante bounty hunters across the country are now creating the victim of someone who is just trying to help someone gain access to health care, and it is terrible that anyone can do it now.
âOne of my biggest fears is that this will also be a method for any former domestic violence abuser to continue traumatizing their victim in Texas, even if that person may have fled to Texas by trying to hide their friend or family member, or the healthcare system to sue provider who helps them with abortion. “
The Biden government has vowed to oppose the de facto complete ban on abortion in Texas, and the federal court will investigate Friday a legal challenge by the Justice Department to the “heartbeat calculation”.
But the architect of the law, Texas State Senator Bryan Hughes, stands by his divisive work and defends the fact that there are no exceptions, even in the case of incest or rape.
“It’s a terribly traumatic situation that we can never imagine,” he says. âWe’re going to punish this rapist. But if we believe that the little baby that grows in the womb is a person worth protecting, we will protect this life.
“We don’t want to make it worse by taking the life of the unborn child.”
The US Supreme Court decided to block Texas laweven though they have received applications from pro-choice and women’s groups.
The court has a new right-wing majority. In December, the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide, will be seen as a clear sign that one of America’s longest cultural war conflicts is deepening.