Many states like Texas have trigger bans that will go into effect weeks after today’s decision.
Austin, TX – In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court has ruled to overturn Roe. The Texas Legislature already enacted a trigger law to prohibit abortion by making it a crime. These criminal penalties in Texas will be effective 30 days after today’s Supreme Court opinion is released.
Avow Executive Director Aimee Arrambide issued the following statement:
“We have been ringing the alarm that what happens in Texas, doesn’t stay in Texas and that the public health crisis Texans have been facing for nearly 10 months will be the reality in half the country. Our opponents are not going to stop until abortion is completely inaccessible in this country.
It will be Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled folks, trans people, minors, and low-income communities who are most impacted by today’s decision. These are communities that are already criminalized, surveilled, and punished and it’s going to get much worse as states move to criminalize pregnant people needing to access care in this new landscape. We don’t need to talk about hypotheticals, we see this already happening here in Texas with Lizelle Herrera who was jailed for self-managing her abortion, and in Poland, where abortion is banned and the country is moving to surveil people’s pregnancies.
Abortion advocates in red states are resilient, we’re committed to fighting back. Most importantly, we need solidarity from other movements – if past decisions have shown us anything it is that abortion is a testing ground for the kind of rogue and cruel legislation they intend to pass on other issues. If 50 years of precedent means nothing for abortion rights, it means they’re coming for voting, racial, housing, and environmental rights.
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