Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected — effectively banning most abortions in the state. The new law is slated to take effect Sept. 1. At that point abortions will only be allowed in Texas prior to the presence of a fetal heartbeat, baring a medical emergency. The measure also would allow virtually any private citizen to sue an abortion provider or others who “aid and abet” an abortion in violation of the new ban. Ref. USAToday.