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Texas leaders react to Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision

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AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Supreme Court has struck down Roe v. Wade, eliminating the nearly 50-year-old constitutional right to abortion and handing states authority to drastically limit or ban the procedure.

In Texas, a “trigger law” will take effect 30 days from Friday’s Supreme Court decision. It will make most abortions illegal in the state with few exceptions: if it is necessary to save the life of the pregnant person or if there is a risk of serious impairment because of the pregnancy.

Texas' ‘trigger law' bans majority of abortions as Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Texas leaders are reacting to the decision. This is a running list and will be updated as those reactions roll in.

Texas Democrats: ‘Today our worst fear was realized’

"No child or adult should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term against their will,” said Texas Democratic Party Co-Executive Director Hannah Roe Beck. “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.”

Republican Party of Texas: ‘Today is a historic day’

"Today is a historic day which Republicans and Pro-Life advocates have waited for a generation,” Republican Party of Texas Chairman Matt Rinaldi said. “It will be remembered in history as the day the United States of America reversed one of the most unjust, damaging and plainly incorrect judicial decisions in it's history. Thankfully, the left's egregious attack on our government institutions failed, and justice was done. We also are grateful for the work of Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, Sen. Angela Paxton, and the Republican and Democrat legislators who passed the law which will now protect the lives of all unborn children in Texas.”

"The Republican Party of Texas continues to support facilitating adoptions and providing assistance to mothers in need both during and after their pregnancies. During the 87th Texas Legislature funding was greatly increased for the Alternatives to Abortion program, which received a total of $100 million for the biennium. This program gives mothers access to needed resources during and after their pregnancy. The program assists new mothers and their children by providing items like diapers, formula, car seats, and classes on pregnancy and parenting. Additionally, private nonprofit crisis pregnancy centers like Birth Choice in Dallas, the Trotter House in Austin, and Houston Pregnancy Help Center in Houston provide services to assist mothers both during and after pregnancy."

Gov. Abbott: ‘Reinstated the right of states to protect innocent, unborn children’

“The U.S. Supreme Court correctly overturned Roe v. Wade and reinstated the right of states to protect innocent, unborn children,” Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott said. “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. 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.”

Doggett: ‘Too many women will needlessly suffer and die’

"As a result of this cruel decision, too many women will needlessly suffer and die. I share the anger that so many feel at this dangerous decision, carrying us backward on abortion and setting the precedent for even more regression from this activist Supreme Court. In response, days of rage are no substitute for what can make a real difference-sustained days of action. It is not enough to vent, rally or march, and go home,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D). “Such gatherings are important, but only if they lead to the much more laborious work of seeking meaningful change through the often slow and frustrating democratic process. Reducing the far-reaching harm from today's decision will only happen through the ballot box, not the courthouse. Now is the time to demand accountability from every elected official on reproductive freedom-encouraging allies and replacing those who are not."

Paxton: ‘In Texas, that question has already been answered’

"Roe v. Wade and its successor case Planned Parenthood v. Casey have absolutely no basis in the U.S. Constitution," said Attorney General Ken 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."  

Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade

Paxton said at noon he will be closing his offices as a memorial to the babies who died by abortion.

Casar: ‘We must fight like hell’

"Our nation must take immediate action in response to this horrible decision by right-wing, Trump-appointed justices,” Democratic nominee for US House District 35, Greg Casar, said. “We must immediately direct public funds and private donations to help people get abortion care outside of Texas, beginning in one month. We must push all district attorneys and police departments to not arrest or prosecute Texans under these draconian anti-abortion laws. And we must fight like hell to expand the Supreme Court and pass the Women's Health Protection Act. Texans will not stop fighting back, every day, until this horrific ruling is undone."

Progress Texas: ‘Devastating’

"We knew this day was coming, but that doesn't make it any less devastating," said Diana Gómez, advocacy director at Progress Texas. “Abortion supporters are the majority and together, we have the strength to form a massive political resistance. We must turn anger into action by voting for candidates who unapologetically support abortion access in every election, including the upcoming midterm election."

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