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Texans React to Roe v. Wade Being Struck Down

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Attorney General Ken Paxton | Image by Al Drago, The New York Times

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The United States Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, ending an almost 50-year period during which abortion was considered a constitutional right. States now have the authority to allow, limit, or ban the procedure.

A Texas “trigger law” over abortion will go into effect in 30 days, making abortions illegal in the state except when it is required to save the life of the mother or if the pregnancy causes a risk of serious injury. The law makes no exceptions for rape or incest.


The Dallas Express sought comment from Texas’ leaders, public officials, and advocates regarding the Supreme Court decision.

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

Paxton also said he would be closing his offices every June 24 to memorialize “babies killed in the womb since 1973.”

Dallas County Young Democrats President Cora Black said in a statement: “Republicans stole the Supreme Court and, Today, the 6-3 right-wing Court has begun stealing our rights. Justice Thomas is not hiding the ball — next on the chopping block is access to contraception, same-sex relationships, and marriage equality. Our political system is broken and those that broke it are becoming even more aggressive in their efforts to subvert public will.”

The statement continued, “Today, our hearts break for the women in Texas whose rights have been stripped away and who now face incredible obstacles and the specter of $10,000 bounties. Tomorrow, we get back to work organizing for the November midterms like our lives and freedoms depend on it … because they do.”

Texans For Life Coalition released a statement entitled, “The Pro-Life Movement is Just Getting Started.”

It read, in part: “After nearly 50 years of working and praying to overturn Roe v. Wade, Texans for Life is immensely grateful to the originalists on the United States Supreme Court for undoing this grave injustice. We continue to pray for their safety. As we celebrate this momentous victory for life, Texans for Life has a message for the nation:  the pro-life movement is not going home — we are just getting started.”

President Kyleen Wright said, “Today we pause to celebrate this great victory and thank our God. Tomorrow, we press on toward our goal of making abortion unthinkable and ensuring that every mother and baby has everything necessary to be all they were created to be. This will be the church’s finest hour.”

Nicolas Quintanilla, president of Young Latino Democrats of Dallas, commented to The Dallas Express, “The Decision today is quite disappointing, it puts in danger a lot of women, especially poor women, we must not allow the attacks on women to continue, it’s time we fight back stronger than ever.”

Respect Life Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas said the organization “applauds Today’s decision … that upheld the constitutionality of a pre-viability abortion ban. Today’s decision overturns the 1973 ruling on Roe vs Wade, which made abortion legal throughout the nation. Since then, states have passed laws anticipating the day when Roe would be reversed. Today is that day!”

Dallas County Tejano Democrats Secretary Patricia Munoz wrote to The Dallas Express, “This decision is devastating for all females. Hopefully, every ounce of energy is taken to the polls in all future elections. We cannot and should not go back in time. Many [men] are applauding this, the ones that may not want women to soar, to lead, to be equal. It’s very infuriating.”

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Matt Rinaldi said, “Today is a historic day which Republicans and Pro-Life advocates have waited for a generation. 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 its 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.”

Candidate for Texas governor Beto O’Rourke tweeted, “We will overcome this decision in Texas by winning political power.”

He also posted a video with the message: “I will always fight for a woman’s freedom to make her own decisions about her own body, health care, and future.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a statement, “The Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case, reversing Roe v. Wade, is nothing short of a massive victory for life, and it will save the lives of millions of innocent babies. The decision reverses one of the most egregious departures from the Constitution and legal precedent the United States has ever seen, and one that has resulted in the deaths of 63 million American children.”

Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) tweeted, “Reversing Roe v. Wade upends the decades of progress on women’s health. Texans must vote for new leaders who protect every person’s right to have autonomy over their own bodies and futures.”     

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David Casteel
David Casteel
1 month ago

Colorado will probably still offer abortions. Texas women really wanting one can go there. I applaud the decision to end Roe v. Wade–I have always thought it was improperly decided. That issue is not one for the federal government to be maaking–it falls into the states’ bailiwick.

LFMinDallas
LFMinDallas
Reply to  David Casteel
1 month ago

While in Colorado, they can stock up on pot. Trinidad will now become the abortion gateway as well as the pot gateway. So sad…

caseyp
caseyp
Reply to  David Casteel
1 month ago

Several Liberal states will allow abortions. Some states have announced that they plan to subsidize them if they come to their states to have the procedure. JP Morgan Chase, Disney and Amazon will reimburse employee expenses incurred as a result of having to travel out of state in order to get an abortion beginning next month, according to CNBC.

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
Reply to  caseyp
1 month ago

What do expect from the left.

scott
scott
Reply to  caseyp
1 month ago

And some States are contemplating laws to punish their citizens who leave the State for an abortion and those who aid them. If the Republicans take over at the Federal level, there is a desire to make abortion illegal nationwide.

scott
scott
Reply to  David Casteel
1 month ago

Why stop at State control? Why not local control? Why not individual control?

caseyp
caseyp
1 month ago

Cora Black is not very smart and severely uninformed. Proponents of abortion are too ignorant to know that striking down Row v. Wade does not make abortion illegal. They are too ignorant to know that it gives each state the right to decide if they want to allow it. Some states that will continue to allow abortions will even invite people to come and subsidize the procedures.

Davidson
Davidson
Reply to  caseyp
1 month ago

Exactly! And I am glad I live in Texas.

JoLynn
JoLynn
Reply to  Davidson
1 month ago

Yes indeed!

Nell Fenwick
Nell Fenwick
1 month ago

If you believe that all these pious souls applauding Roe’s end are sincere, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for you.

There’s money to be made in the baby market.

Davidson
Davidson
Reply to  Nell Fenwick
1 month ago

There has been a paucity of American babies for adoption since Roe v Wade. Now maybe some women and men will be more careful. I doubt you have any idea how it pains others to learn that only have newborns been murdered but their body parts are being sold. It is disgusting and describes a society lacking care and concern.

Davidson
Davidson
1 month ago

Abortion has NOTHING to do with women’s HEALTH. It is murder and under Roe v Wade atrocities have taken place including killing or viable life due to full term babies. There is NO reason a women show get pregnant with multiple avenues available to prevent pregnancy. For me, preventing life is not the same a killing life. I do not understand people who don’t get this.

Bardavidi
Bardavidi
1 month ago

Hey…..Jezebel the Queen of the Universe is going AWOL………Her Faith of Sacrificing the Blood of Innocent-Kids just became Illegal…….???…….No way………..Freedom means the Right to Excercise your right at will regarddless of any Morale Values someone up holds………Jezbel is saying who cares about Values or Morales ………I am for freedom of Women to do what they want at will without being Restrained by Right and Wrong…….Selah

scott
scott
1 month ago

“Partisan Supreme Court?!” Roe was decided 7-2 with 5 conservative Republican appointees voting in favor (including the author of the opinion and the Chief Justice) and one Democratic and one Republican appointee dissenting. How is that partisan?

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