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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992).
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has released an official advisory setting forth Texas law in light of the Supreme Court’s decision. A law that was passed last year by the Texas Legislature — the “Human Life Protection Act” — will take effect 30 days from the court’s judgment, which is separate from the opinion released today; the law will effectively make abortion illegal in Texas, with provisions.
The Texas law:
•Outlaws abortions in Texas unless the mother’s life is in danger.
•Makes performing an abortion in Texas a felony crime.
•Provides for fines of up to $100,000 and possible life in prison for doctors who perform abortions, except as allowed under the law.
“Today, the question of abortion returns to the states,” Paxton said. “And in Texas, that question has already been answered: abortion is illegal here.”
The Texas Medical Association also has weighed in on the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision.
“TMA remains committed to protecting the privacy and sanctity of the patient-physician relationship,” the association said in a statement. “… Especially in high-risk situations, patients need to know their physicians will be there to care for them, and TMA will continue to work with state lawmakers to ensure a safe practice environment for physicians and their patients.”