Austin, TX – “The Supreme Court did not take action early Wednesday on a request to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, allowing the most restrictive abortion law in the nation to go into effect. The law, known as Senate Bill 8, amounts to a nearly complete ban on abortion in Texas, one that will further fuel legal and political battles over the future of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.” – The New York Times, September 1st, 2021
Avow Executive DirectorAimee Arrambide issued the following statement:
“Resiliency is powerful in the face of disasters we can’t control, but Texans are tired of having to be resilient in the face of disasters the state manufactures. SB 8 is about succumbing to the wishes of an extreme anti-abortion lobby at the expense of Texans’ access to abortion and their wellbeing. SB 8 will curb access to abortion overnight, it will decimate the already vulnerable care infrastructure in place and most importantly, it will leave Texans who need access to compassionate care and support services scared to reach out for help, and advocates afraid to help them.
SB 8’s clever strategy and legal maneuvering does not change the fact that banning abortion at six weeks is unconstitutional and creating this civil cause of action opens up the doors to an abuse of the justice system, and sets a dangerous precedent for abortion rights nationwide.”