June 24, 2022/Media, Press

STATEMENT: Texas Democrats Respond to Supreme Court Ruling Overturning Roe v. Wade

AUSTIN, Texas — Today, in a landmark decision stripping away the constitutionally-protected right to abortion and reproductive autonomy from tens of millions of Americans and millions of Texans, the Supreme Court announced a 5-4 ruling in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, siding with extremist Republicans and overturning Roe v. Wade. This decision activates Texas’s “trigger” law, which bans abortions outright for all Texans and will go into effect in 30 days. 

Earlier this week, Texas Democrats released the list of ways in which we will get back Texans’ abortion and reproductive rights when we win in November. 

Statement from Texas Democratic Party Co-Executive Director Hannah Roe Beck: 

“Nearly 50 years ago, the Supreme Court enshrined in Roe v. Wade the fundamental right to reproductive freedom for all Americans. Today, our worst fear was realized: the Court has overturned that ruling, ending the federal constitutional protection of abortion rights and threatening the reproductive liberty of millions of Americans. 

“No child or adult should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term against their will. By supporting this decision and enacting legislation like the ‘trigger’ law, Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans have made it clear they are hellbent on doing just that. With the passage of Texas’s six-week abortion ban, these radical far-right conservatives have already made Texas an incredibly dangerous place to live for the millions who sought to exercise their previously-protected right to abortion. Now, Texas has become exponentially more dangerous with the activation of this dystopian and extremist law.  

“Nevertheless, we cannot and will not stop fighting. Make no mistake: Texas Democrats will not sit idly by as Republicans threaten the lives and liberty of millions of Texans. 

“Today’s decision is a blaring, five-alarm call to action. It is more important than ever that we send to Washington true, fearless leaders who are ready to fight to codify abortion at the federal level.  It is more important than ever that we elect Beto O’Rourke as governor, flip the Texas Legislature, and elect Democrats up and down the ticket who will overturn Greg Abbott’s draconian and brutal laws imposing the will of a tiny minority on the entirety of our state. 

“We cannot tolerate anything less. This is the moment to organize, raise our voices, and create change. The urgency of protecting abortion access has never been greater; the threat to our livelihoods and freedoms has never been more immediate. 

“This November, Texans have a choice: radical conservatives running on a platform of anti-freedom and anti-Texan authoritarianism, forced birth, and human suffering – or Democrats up and down the ticket who will cushion the blow of today’s national trauma by ensuring Texans can live without fear of forfeiting the right to their most basic bodily autonomy. 

“The choice is clear. The moment to act is right now.”