07.01.2022 – (PRESS RELEASE) Tonight, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on the Texas attorney general’s request to let the state’s antiquated abortion ban from 1925 – which has previously been interpreted as repealed and unenforceable – to take effect once more. In the order released late tonight, the Court partially granted the attorney general’s request to stay a lower court’s order that temporarily blocked the law. The Texas Supreme Court’s order does not allow criminal enforcement of the ban.
On July 12, the district court is scheduled to hear arguments in a preliminary injunction hearing in this case and could block the law once more. This lawsuit was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Texas, Morrison & Foerster, LLP, and Hayward PLLC on behalf of Whole Woman’s Health, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services, Austin Women’s Health Center, Houston Women’s Clinic, Houston Women’s Reproductive Services, and Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center.
“These laws are confusing, unnecessary, and cruel,” said Marc Hearron, Senior Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Texas’s trigger ban is not scheduled to take effect for another two months, if not longer. This law from nearly one hundred years ago is banning essential health care prematurely, despite clearly being long repealed.”
“Extremist politicians are on a crusade to force Texans into pregnancy and childbirth against their will, no matter how devastating the consequences,” said Julia Kaye, staff attorney, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “We won’t stop fighting to ensure that as many people as possible, for as long as possible, can access the essential reproductive health care they need.”