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State, local leaders react to SCOTUS ruling on abortion

The Supreme Court’s resolution that overturns Roe v. Wade opens the door for states to ban abortion. In Texas, it’s going to quickly be thought-about a felony crime.

HOUSTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s resolution to overturn Roe v. Wade was met with emotional reactions from each side. 

State and local politicians have been fast to reply to the landmark resolution that provides states the suitable to ban abortion. 

Local prosecutors are additionally weighing in since abortion will now be a felony crime in Texas.

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Gov. Greg Abbott

“The U.S. Supreme Court correctly overturned Roe v. Wade and reinstated the right of states to protect innocent, unborn children. Texas is a pro-life state, and we have taken significant action to protect the sanctity of life. Texas has also prioritized supporting women’s healthcare and expectant mothers in need to give them the necessary resources so that they can choose life for their child,” the governor tweeted. “I signed laws that extended Medicaid health care coverage to six months post-partum, appropriated $345 million for women’s health programs, and invested more than $100 million toward our Alternatives to Abortion program. This critical program provides counseling, mentoring, care coordination, and material assistance, such as car seats, diapers, and housing to mothers in need. Texas will always fight for the innocent unborn, and I will continue working with the Texas legislature and all Texans to save every child from the ravages of abortion and help our expectant mothers in need.”

accurately overturned Roe v. Wade and reinstated the suitable of states to shield harmless, unborn kids. Texas is a pro-life state, and we’ve got taken vital motion to shield the sanctity of life. Texas has additionally prioritized supporting ladies’s healthcare and expectant moms in want to give them the required resources in order that they’ll select life for his or her little one,” the governor tweeted. “I signed laws that extended Medicaid health care coverage to six months post-partum, appropriated $345 million for women’s health programs, and invested more than $100 million toward our Alternatives to Abortion program. This critical program provides counseling, mentoring, care coordination, and material assistance, such as car seats, diapers, and housing to mothers in need. Texas will always fight for the innocent unborn, and I will continue working with the Texas legislature and all Texans to save every child from the ravages of abortion and help our expectant mothers in need.”

Gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke

“The solely method to overcome as we speak’s resolution is to win this race for governor. The Supreme Court has despatched this again to the states, and our state’s present governor has outlawed abortion starting at conception with no exception for rape or incest. If you care about defending a girl’s freedom to make her personal selections about her personal physique, well being care, and future, be a part of this marketing campaign and assist us win,” the Democratic candidate for Texas governor tweeted.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton


“Roe v. Wade and its successor case Planned Parenthood v. Casey have absolutely no basis in the U.S. Constitution,” stated Attorney General Paxton. “Nevertheless, for half a century, Americans have had to live under these illegitimate, illegal, and unconstitutional dictates of a partisan, willful Supreme Court. No more. Today, the question of abortion returns to the states. And in Texas, that question has already been answered: abortion is illegal here. I look forward to defending the pro-life laws of Texas and the lives of all unborn children moving forward,” 
AG Ken Paxton said in a statement. “Further, we cannot forget the extraordinary violence that Roe and Casey unleashed on our nation. Because of those decisions, almost 70 million babies have been killed in the womb. And so, today at noon, I am closing all my offices as a memorial to these babies. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of them. Never again should something like this happen in America.”  

Paxton additionally added he is making June 24 a vacation for his office going ahead.

Rochelle Garza, Democratic candidate for legal professional normal

“I’m running for Texas Attorney General to fight for Texas families and that includes their constitutional right to reproductive freedom. The Supreme Court decision to overturn nearly 50 years of precedent recognizing the constitutional right to bodily autonomy and abortion access will have terrible repercussions for the working families of Texas, and will disproportionately impact women of color, people living in poverty, and rural communities,” Democratic attorney general nominee Rochelle Garza said in a statement. “When I’m Texas’ Attorney General, I will work to restore abortion access and reproductive freedom. This fight is not over, we will stand strong.”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

“The Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case, reversing Roe v. Wade, is nothing short of a massive victory for life, and it will save the lives of millions of innocent babies. The decision reverses one of the most egregious departures from the Constitution and legal precedent the United States has ever seen, and one that has resulted in the deaths of 63 million American children,” Senator Cruz said in a statement. Roe was wrong the day it was decided, and it has been wrong every day since then. If you search for the word ‘abortion’ in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you won’t find it. The Court at the time acknowledged that, and yet Roe created a brand new constitutional ‘right’ out of whole cloth. And while the left manically argues that the Dobbs decision makes abortion illegal throughout the country, that is false. What this decision does is leave abortion policy up to the states and returns power to the American people—which is exactly how questions of abortion were handled before Roe. This is a momentous day, and yet the fight for life doesn’t end with the Dobbs decision. It simply begins a new chapter. I’ve been proud to stand for life in the U.S. Senate, and I will continue to do so as we navigate the path ahead.”

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

“Today, the Court has restored one of the core principles of our Constitution with this landmark ruling. This decision correctly returns the authority of states to decide the limits on abortion and will save countless innocent lives. I commend the Justices for not bowing to the vicious intimidation campaign waged by the radical Left. I join Texans in celebrating this historic victory for life and the rule of law,” Senator Cornyn stated in a press release.

U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia

“The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn #RoeVsWade erases decades of progress. But this is the vision that Republicans have for America.  I won’t stand by quietly as they continue their anti-women agenda.  Together, we must fight for women’s rights. The time is now,” U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia tweeted. “

U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is an affront to the liberty, autonomy, privacy, and dignity of all Americans, and of American women in particular.”  Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher said in a statement. “With this decision revoking rather than protecting rights for Americans, the Court has created a devastating and dangerous path forward that jeopardizes the health and undermines the equality of people across this country.”

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Mayor Sylvester Turner

“Today is a sad day across America. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade is a chilling and incomprehensible decision. It means women no longer have a federal constitutional right to make decisions about their bodies and what is best for their lives,” the Mayor Turner stated in a press release.

“This resolution unravels 50 years of precedent and settled legislation. I’ve at all times believed a girl has a proper to select and make personal selections about her well being care. I imagine abortion is a part of complete reproductive well being care and assist the suitable to select as basic to every individual’s autonomy. Individuals and their docs ought to make personal life selections.

I’m now equally involved that SCOTUS, with a stroke of a pen, will get rid of rights to privateness, contraception, and LGBTQ progress made in recent times.

If persons are involved in regards to the path of this nation, I encourage them to present up on the poll field and train their proper to vote in November and each election.”

Harris County DA Kim Ogg

“The criminalization of reproductive health will cause great harm to women in America; prosecutors and police have no role in matters between doctors and patients. As in every case, we will evaluate the facts and make decisions on a case-by-case basis.”

Fort Bend County DA Brian M. Middleton 

The FBCDAO launched the next assertion: 

“In accordance with the legislation and obligations of the Office of District Attorney of Fort Bend County, District Attorney Brian M. Middleton declared:

(1)    The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office (“FBCDAO”) doesn’t grant blanket immunity to anybody to violate Texas legislation.

(2)    Every legal criticism introduced to the FBCDAO might be fastidiously reviewed and measured towards the relevant legal statutes, the United States Constitution, and the Texas Constitution. 

(3)    As District Attorney, I’ll make the ultimate dedication to prosecute, or to decline prosecution, in abortion instances. 

(4)    If the details and circumstances of a criticism warrant legal prosecution, then the criticism might be introduced to a grand jury for consideration. 

(5)    If a legal allegation doesn’t vindicate a compelling State’s curiosity by its prosecution, then prosecution could also be declined in accordance with the legislation. 

(6)    Texas legislation supplies, “It shall be the primary duty of all prosecuting attorneys, including any special prosecutors, not to convict, but to see that justice is done.” Article 2.01 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.”

Texas Medical Association

“TMA remains committed to protecting the privacy and sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. TMA is unwavering in its stance against intrusions by government or other third parties that impede the patient-physician relationship, and any criminalization of acceptable and appropriate medical practices that may jeopardize that relationship or patients’ safety. Especially in high-risk situations, patients need to know their physicians will be there to care for them, and TMA will continue to work with state lawmakers to ensure a safe practice environment for physicians and their patients.”

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