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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill limiting abortion-inducing pills

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) last week signed into law a bill that adds more restrictions and increases criminal penalties for the use of abortion-inducing medication, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Why it matters: The bill, which comes after Texas implemented one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the U.S., is being decried by abortion-rights groups as a "back-door ban," the Dallas Morning News writes.

Driving the news: The new bill, Senate Bill 4, prevents physicians or providers from giving out abortion-inducing drugs after seven weeks of pregnancy.

The big picture: The passage of SB4 comes weeks after SB8 went into effect, prohibiting abortions after fetal cardiac activity is detected — before many people know they are pregnant.

What they're saying: "Anti-choice politicians have made their intentions abundantly clear, and they will stop at nothing to strip away reproductive freedom," Adrienne Kimmell, acting president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, told the Dallas Morning News.

Texas state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D) in early August said that the bill was designed to protect pregnant people from complications of taking abortion-inducing drugs.

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