Texas Lawmakers Respond to Roe v. Wade Decision – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The Supreme Court has lifted constitutional protections for abortion that had been in effect for nearly 50 years — a conservative majority decision to overturn the court’s groundbreaking abortion cases.

The response was swift: Protesters on both sides of the issue gathered outside the Supreme Court within minutes of the announcement of the ruling.

Friday’s verdict overturning Roe v. Wade means abortion will be banned in Texas, one of 13 states with a so-called trigger law, which doesn’t start right away, but usually comes within a month of the advice.

Texas lawmakers responded to the 5-4 ruling Friday, with Republican government leader Greg Abbott releasing a statement touting the Supreme Court ruling as returning power to states and promising funding for programs for mothers-to-be and mothers-to-be. abortion alternatives.

Former Congressman and Democratic governor candidate Beto O’Rourke challenging Abbott in November’s election, said “We will overcome this decision in Texas by gaining political power” and posted a video on Twitter calling on voters to express their feelings at the ballot box.

The Republican Lt. gov. Dan Patrick also praised the court’s decision.

Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton took to Twitter to say he is closing his office and making it an annual holiday.

Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas) had words of his choice for Paxton’s tweet† He also released a statement on his website calling the court’s decision “absolutely dangerous and devastating to the right to essential health care, the right to privacy and our freedom to make our own decisions.”

sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to Twitter to call the court’s rectification of Roe v. Wade “nothing short of a huge win for life.”

Congressman Joaquin Castro called for Cruz’s resignation on Twitter and released a statement on its website saying that the court’s ruling is, in part, “wrong and will endanger the health and safety of people in Texas and across the country.”

Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas) tweeted that he is “furious and heartbroken” at the court’s decision.

Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas) called the decision “a momentous step for the rights of the unborn”.

Congressman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), who did not want to be re-elected this year, called it “a moment of reckoning for reproductive rights.”

Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Rockwall) said: “Today marks a huge victory for life and an even bigger victory for the United States of America.”