On Sept. 1, Texan government officials announced that the heartbeat law, banning abortions after a heartbeat is detected, is now in effect.
According to the CDC, women in their 20s account for the majority of abortions. With the average age of college students being 18-22, this law affects many students. While the city of Nacogdoches is mostly republican, SFA organizations seem to have different opinions on the subject.
“This law is a huge step-back,” Jackie Martinez, sophomore political science major from New Braunfels, said. “It feels as if Texas is putting more value on an embryo than a women’s life.”
Martinez, president of the LGBTQ+ Caucus club, strongly believes that this law is taking away women’s right to choose what happens to their body. “It’s also hard to see because there are no exceptions to the law.” Martinez said. She feels that this law is unfair, especially in cases of rape or young pregnancies.
On the other hand, junior music major from Nacogdoches, Kaden Harmen considers the law to be a win. “The heartbeat law is one of the best advancements we have made since the Roe v. Wade case in 1973.” Harmen said.
Harmen, member of lumberjacks for life, a pro-life organization on campus, believes that life starts at conception. According to Harmen, the law protects the human rights of the unborn child.
“With this law we officially have no safe space to talk about the possibility of abortions.” Junior criminal justice major from Houston, Rhondaysha Greer said.
Black Mental Health Organization president, Greer is pro- do whatever you want. She believes that women should have the right to do what’s best for them. Whether that’s abortion, giving the child up after birth, or keeping the child.