Ms. Smith’s speech also drew strong reactions from opponents of abortion who support the law.
“How sad Paxton has bought the lie that women have to eradicate unplanned pregnancies to achieve dreams & goals,” Amy O’Donnell, a speswoman for the Texas Alliance for Life, said on . “Women can give life to their babies AND do great things.”
The law, which goes into effect on Sept. 1, bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, regardless of whether the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest. The legislation, also known as the “heartbeat law,” is among the most restrictive abortion measures in the country.