How restrictive is Texas’ latest abortion law? A state-by-state look

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Data compiled by Planned Parenthood shows Texas’s newest abortion law is the most restrictive in the United States. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Senate Bill 8 officially became law on Wednesday, restricting abortions once a heartbeat is detected in patients, with some identified as early as six weeks post-fertilization.

The latest law is deemed the most restrictive abortion legislation nationally. In addition to banning abortions once a heartbeat is detected, any Texas citizen can sue physicians or others who aid an abortion procedure for up to $10,000.

How does Texas’ law compare to other state restrictions? Here is a state-by-state look at restrictions in place.

However, not all abortion restrictions are centered around weekly-based service cutoffs. Eighteen states, including Texas, have restrictions in place that prohibit abortion services from being performed after a certain point.

These 18 states, along with others, might include additional restrictions, including insurance restrictions, parental involvement requirements and waiting periods.

Here is a state-by-state look at all the abortion restrictions, if any, each state has mandated.

Alabama

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Parental consent required
  • 48-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Alaska

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

Arizona

  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Arkansas

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 72-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

California

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

Colorado

  • State Medicaid funding prohibited for abortion services
  • Parental notification required (parents must be informed of abortion prior to abortion services being performed)

Connecticut

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

Delaware

  • State Medicaid funding prohibited for abortion services
  • Parental notification required (parents must be informed of abortion prior to abortion services being performed)

Florida

  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental involvement required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)

Georgia

  • Banned at 20 weeks after fertilization except in certain cases (mother's life is in danger or baby not expected to survive)
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental notification required (parents must be informed of abortion prior to abortion services being performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Hawaii

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

Idaho

  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Illinois

  • Exchange insurance coverage restricted
  • Parental notification required (parents must be informed of abortion prior to abortion services being performed)

Indiana

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 18-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Iowa

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • State Medicaid funding prohibited for abortion services
  • Parental notification required (parents must be informed of abortion prior to abortion services being performed)

Kansas

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental involvement required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed; both parents must be involved before minor can have an abortion)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Kentucky

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)

Louisiana

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Maine

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

Maryland

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

Massachusetts

  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)

Michigan

  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Minnesota

  • Parental involvement required (parent must be informed of abortion procedure prior to it being performed; both parents must be involved before minor can have an abortion)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Mississippi

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental involvement required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed; both parents must be involved before minor can have abortion performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Missouri

  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 72-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Montana

  • Parental notification required (must be informed of abortion prior to procedure)

Nebraska

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Nevada

  • State Medicaid funding prohibited for abortion services

New Hampshire

  • State Medicaid funding prohibited
  • Parental notification required (must be informed of abortion prior to procedure)

New Jersey

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

New Mexico

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

New York

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

North Carolina

  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 72-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

North Dakota

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental involvement required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed; both parents must be involved before minor can have abortion performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Ohio

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Oklahoma

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental involvement required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed; both parents must be involved before minor can have abortion performed)
  • 72-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Oregon

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

Pennsylvania

  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Rhode Island

  • State Medicaid funding prohibited
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)

South Carolina

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period required between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

South Dakota

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental notification required (must be informed of abortion prior to procedure)
  • 72-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Tennessee

  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 48-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Texas

  • 6 week ban
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental involvement required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed; a parent must be informed of procedure before minor can have abortion performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Utah

  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental involvement required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed; a parent must be informed of procedure before minor can have abortion performed)
  • 72-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Vermont

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

Virginia

  • State Medicaid funding prohibited
  • Parental involvement required
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Washington

  • Little to no restrictions to abortions mandated

West Virginia

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • State Medicaid funding prohibited
  • Parental notification required (must be informed of abortion prior to procedure)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Wisconsin

  • Ban at 20 weeks after fertilization
  • Insurance restrictions
  • Parental consent required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed)
  • 24-hour waiting period between state-required abortion counseling and abortion procedure

Wyoming

  • State Medicaid funding prohibited
  • Parental involvement required (must give permission for abortion services to be performed; a parent must be informed of procedure before minor can have abortion performed)

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