In a 6-3 decision released Friday, the United States Supreme Court overturned the landmark abortion cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, paving the way for states like Texas to outlaw abortion entirely.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court has released its majority opinion in Dobbs v. Mississippi, a case challenging a Mississippi law than banned abortions after 15 weeks, finding that “the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.” 

The decision allows for the legality abolition of abortion to be decided by individual states for the first time since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. Texas is among a number of states that have passed “trigger laws” that would outlaw abortion in the state if Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court. The Texas bill—House Bill 1280—was passed by the state Legislature last year.

That prohibition is set to go into effect in 30 days.

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.”

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

“Today, the question of abortion returns to the states. And in Texas, that question has already been answered: abortion is illegal here,” Paxton added.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also celebrated the decision, saying, “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.”

Gov. Greg Abbott asserted that Texas is a pro-life state, adding that Texas has “taken significant action to protect the sanctity of life.”

Texas Right to Life celebrated the win, saying, “After nearly 50 years, Roe has been responsible for the deaths of over 60 million preborn American children. Today, the Supreme Court has finally overturned the grievous error of Roe v. Wade that has cost so many precious lives.

Following a leaked opinion in Dobbs v. Mississippi in early May, the left erupted with churches desecrated, pregnancy centers destroyed, and protests in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices and their families. 

In fact, earlier this month, one man called 911 to inform them that he was armed and outside the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The would-be assassin panicked and turned himself in to the police. This desperate attempt to pervert the course of justice received no news coverage from the left-wing media.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Capitol Correspondent for Texas Scorecard. A 2021 graduate of Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government, Sydnie is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens

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