The Texas Supreme Court blocked a lower court ruling that permitted abortion procedures to take place up to six weeks into pregnancy.
The decision made on Friday reverses the lower court ruling and established that a 1925 law banning abortions and prescribing prison time for those who perform them was in effect.
The decision ensures that the abortion industry in Texas is dead for good and the state is a haven for the unborn.
Victory 50 years in the making
State Attorney General Ken Paxton reacted to the decision by the Texas Supreme Court saying, “Thanks to my appeal, SCOTX has slapped down the abortion providers and the district court carrying their water. Our state’s pre-Roe statutes banning abortion in Texas are 100% good law.
Paxton also acknowledged that while this victory is game-changing, “Litigation continues, but I’ll keep winning for Texas’s unborn babies.”
All of this was enabled by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a decision that sent shockwaves throughout the nation.
Texas is one of many states throughout the nation that had trigger laws. With the reversal of Roe v. Wade, those trigger laws went into effect immediately banning abortion.
Outside of specific exemptions, i.e. medical emergency, abortion will be illegal and those individuals that perform abortions will face prison time.
Of course, the legal battle is far from over, especially in battleground states with divided electorates.
Union splitting along abortion lines
While red states are banning abortion, blue states are rushing to codify abortion rights and are even encouraging Americans in anti-abortion states to travel for their abortions.
Not since the years preceding the Civil War has the nation been so starkly divided between states. Abortion likely won’t be the last issue dividing the nation as the Supreme Court is increasingly embracing a state’s rights doctrine.
The battle over abortion is far from over and it will take a massive change in our culture for it to be settled. Until then, at least in many states, the barbaric practice of abortion is no longer legal.