Abortion Ban Goes Into Effect in Texas

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    The order of the state supreme court is the latest in the ongoing dispute between Texas state officials and abortionists, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    The law of 1925 that banned abortions was not enacted after Roe was ruled on in 1973. The law was still in effect. The law was temporarily blocked by a Harris County judge. The clinics claimed that the law was eliminated when Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court, but the Texas Supreme Court disagreed and permitted the pre-Roe ban to be in force.

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded the court's decision and described the decision as “Pro-life victory!”

    “Pro-life victory! Through my plea, SCOTX has slapped down the abortion clinics and the district court that was carrying its water.” Paxton tweeted. “Our state's pre-Roe law that bans abortions in Texas are 100% legal law. The litigation continues and I'll fight for Texas's unborn babies.”

    Paxton announced a holiday every year in the office of the state attorney general on the day that the Supreme Court overturned Roe.

    “Abortion is now prohibited in Texas. Today I'm closing my business and declaring it a holiday every year as an honor for the lives of 70 million that have been lost due to abortions,” Paxton said.

    After the decision of the Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood stopped offering abortions in Texas following a warning from Paxton which advised that authorities could decide to apply the pre-Roe abortion ban.

    Paxton said:

    A few prosecutors might opt to pursue criminal prosecutions immediately that are based on infractions of Texas abortion laws that predate Roe that were not removed through lawmakers in the Texas Legislature. Even though these laws were not enforced when Roe was in place and in force, they are Texas law. According to these statutes, pre-Roe abortion providers may be criminally accountable for offering abortions beginning this day.

    Texas is one of the states that has a “trigger law” that would prohibit abortions for within 30 days of the time the Supreme Court overturned Roe.

    The trigger law in Texas, that was signed by the Governor Greg Abbott in June 2021, is scheduled to take effect at the end of July.

    “Texas is a pro-life state, and we have taken significant action to protect the sanctity of life,” Abbott stated following the ruling by the Supreme Court.

    Texas is the very first in the United States to adopt the ” heartbeat law” in September of last year that would prohibit abortion following a fetal heartbeat being found to be in the fetus.

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