Texas Supreme Court Allows Abortion Ban to Go into Effect

 July 4, 2022

On Friday evening, the Texas Supreme Court reversed a lower court and allowed a pre-Roe 1925 law prohibiting abortions to go into effect.

What a simply wonderful thing!

The latest addition, in an ongoing feud between Texas government officials and abortion providers, the state supreme court’s order is following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Although the 1925 law prohibiting abortions, remained on the books, it was not enforced after Roe was decided in 1973. After abortion clinics sued, a Harris County judge temporarily blocked the abortion ban. However, the abortion clinics argued that, the law was effectively repealed when the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. The Texas Supreme Court, though, disagreed and allowed the pre-Roe ban to go into effect.

Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General applauded the court’s decision as a “Pro-life victory!” He declared-

“Pro-life victory! Thanks to my appeal, SCOTX has slapped down the abortion providers and the district court carrying their water,” Paxton tweeted. “Our state’s pre-Roe statutes banning abortion in Texas are 100% good law. Litigation continues, but I’ll keep winning for Texas’s unborn babies.”

- Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General

On the day the Supreme Court overturned Roe, Paxton declared an annual holiday within the state attorney general’s office rejoicing-

“Abortion is now illegal in Texas. And today I’m closing my office—and making it an annual holiday—as a memorial to the 70 million lives lost because of abortion,”

- Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General

Planned Parenthood stopped performing abortions in Texas after Paxton warned that some prosecutors might choose to enforce the pre-Roe abortion ban. This occurred shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision,

Paxton stated-

“Some prosecutors may choose to immediately pursue criminal prosecutions based on violations of Texas abortion prohibitions predating Roe that were never repealed by the Texas Legislature. Although these statutes were unenforceable while Roe was on the books, they are still Texas law. Under these pre-Roe statutes, abortion providers could be criminally liable for providing abortions starting today.”

- Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General

One of several states with a “trigger law”, Texas would criminalize performing abortions 30 days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe. Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June 2021, Texas “trigger law” is set to go into effect at the end of July. He said, of the states’ laws after the Supreme Court’s decision-

“Texas is a pro-life state, and we have taken significant action to protect the sanctity of life,” 

-Greg Abbott, Texas Governor

The first state in the nation to enact a “heartbeat law” last September, Texas will now ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. What an amazing change to come about in such a profound way. Texas, clearly has a right to be rejoicing in their victory over the choice for life.

Hopefully, the likes of Planned Parenthood, are scrambling like roaches in the light of day, now that their hold on the unborn in Texas has come to an end. The conservative cohort in Texas state government, is to be applauded as ready, with their own commitment for their pro-life focus. With the “trigger law” in place many are the children who are now automatically protected.

May those other states with “trigger laws” be experiencing their own degree of success. The right to life is unalienable.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

-United States Declaration of Independence
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