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UTSA political science professor breaks down impacts of Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision

Texas’ set off legislation is predicted to enter impact 30 days following the judgement, making abortions unlawful within the state.

SAN ANTONIO — In a historic ruling Friday, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a constitutional proper to an abortion in 1973. Now, the correct to abortion is as much as the states, as is accessibility. 

In 2021, the Texas Legislature handed a set off legislation, which might make abortions unlawful 30 if and when Roe v. Wade was overturned. Jon Taylor, a political science professor at UTSA, stated it’s extremely unlikely something could possibly be finished to injunct or gradual down the set off legislation. 

“It criminalizes the activity of the patient, it criminalizes the activity of the doctor performing the abortion,” Taylor stated. “They’re felony offenses—we’re talking state prison time, several years, we’re talking about the doctor’s license (potentially being revoked), a variety of things.” 

On Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott launched a statement that stated, partially, “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.” 

For the final 9 months, Texas restricted abortion entry to after six weeks, underneath the controversial Senate Bill 8. 

Taylor stated SB 8 may additionally have an effect on minors underneath the age of 18 from touring throughout state strains to obtain an abortion if the set off legislation goes into impact. 

“To me it’s a bit problematic to try to prove, say, you’re in El Paso to cross the border to New Mexico to get an abortion. It’s like chasing someone for fireworks in Bexar County; can you actually prove it?” Taylor added.

In the draft opinion leaked in May, Taylor stated it could possibly be argued that notes from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas level to different rights probably being in danger. 

“If right to privacy doesn’t exist for abortion, how can it exist for marriage equality? How can it exist for contraception? How can it exist for a variety of personal decisions?” he stated. “That’s where I think we’re headed potentially next.”

Taylor known as the Supreme Court’s ruling a “seminal” decision that may have long-lasting impacts on American politics for many years to return. 

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