Texas politicians react to Supreme Court overturning Roe V Wade

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, sits next to Gov. Greg Abbott as he speaks during a press...
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, sits next to Gov. Greg Abbott as he speaks during a press conference at the Governor's Mansion on Wednesday. Source: Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / Texas Tribune.(Source: Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / Texas Tribune.)
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 10:00 AM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Texas politicians react to Supreme Court overturning Roe V Wade.

Governor Greg Abbott

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

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)

“Today, the Court has restored one of the core principles of our Constitution with this landmark ruling. This decision correctly returns the authority of states to decide the limits on abortion and will save countless innocent lives. I commend the Justices for not bowing to the vicious intimidation campaign waged by the radical Left. I join Texans in celebrating this historic victory for life and the rule of law.”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

“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. This is a momentous day, and yet the fight for life doesn’t end with the Dobbs decision. It simply begins a new chapter. I’ve been proud to stand for life in the U.S. Senate, and I will continue to do so as we navigate the path ahead.”

Beto O’Rouke, Democrat Candidate for Texas Governor

“The only way to overcome today’s decision is to win this race for governor.

“The Supreme Court has sent this back to the states, and our state’s current governor has outlawed abortion beginning at conception with no exception for rape or incest.

“If you care about protecting a woman’s freedom to make her own decisions about her own body, health care, and future, join this campaign and help us win.”

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

“Today is a tremendous day for life. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization adheres to the constitution and returns the decision on abortion back to the states. Because of our trigger bill that we passed last year, in 30 days, abortion will be banned in Texas. I thank God for delivering us this day, and I am so proud that Texas has taken the lead to ensure that such evil can no longer live in our state.”

“The Supreme Court’s ruling is an acknowledgement of the truth: when an abortion is performed, a human life is ended. This watershed victory is not just a victory for innocent life, but a victory for all of humanity.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

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

Rochelle Garza, Democratic Candidate for Texas Attorney General

“I’m running for Texas Attorney General to fight for Texas families and that includes their constitutional right to reproductive freedom. The Supreme Court decision to overturn nearly 50 years of precedent recognizing the constitutional right to bodily autonomy and abortion access will have terrible repercussions for the working families of Texas, and will disproportionately impact women of color, people living in poverty, and rural communities. When I’m Texas’ Attorney General, I will work to restore abortion access and reproductive freedom. This fight is not over, we will stand strong.”

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Matt Rinaldi

“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 it’s history.

“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.”

Democratic Party of Texas Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa

Texans are reading, watching and hearing about today’s news in horror. No matter what #SCOTUS says: abortion is a valid, safe, and important healthcare procedure that should never be restricted by any power or authority.

We must be clear: this ruling will hit women of color, and pregnant members of the LGBTQIA+ community, the hardest.

We must give everything we’ve got to win this November. The rights of Texans, the health and safety of Texans are not up for negotiation. Republicans cannot be trusted with our government. We must remove every single one of them this November.

Representative John Carter (TX-31)

“Today’s Dobbs decision undoes decades of injustice against unborn babies. This historic ruling returns the power back to the people and their elected representatives to enact laws that protect life and support women. While today is a victory for the pro-life movement, it is not the end, but a new beginning. We must remain vigilant to stop the Left’s extreme abortion policies and instead, offer solutions that support mothers with compassion and empower them in their motherhood journey.”

Representative Pete Sessions (TX-17)

“The United States Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturns Roe v. Wade.

Now, this issue is the responsibility of each State according to the 10th Amendment. I give my full support to the Texas Legislature and believe that they will make the best decision for our citizens.”

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