For Immediate Release: March 14, 2022
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
State Supreme Court Closes Abortion Advocates’ Narrow Path to Overturn
Washington, D.C.: The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that only private citizens, and not state officials, can enforce this law banning abortion after a baby’s heartbeat is detected.
“This fantastic ruling ends the only narrow chance the abortion industry had in nullifying the Texas Heartbeat law,” said Phyllis Schlafly Eagles President Ed Martin. “When the Texas legislature passed this law, they included civil enforcement by citizens, rather than state officers, as a key feature to preemptively end the left’s primary legal strategy.
“Now that the Texas Supreme Court has left pro-abortion forces with no one to sue, the move to nullify this wonderful law seems at an end. This is a huge victory, not only for the thousands of Texas babies that will be saved, but for the legislative strategy that’s been put in place.
“The radical left’s ‘lawfare’ has met its match in Texas, and pro-life advocates around the nation are celebrating. With a stamp of constitutional approval from the Texas Supreme Court, it’s time for this legislative strategy to be replicated! It’s time for pro-life grassroots leaders to identify bold legislators to carry the Heartbeat Bill to victory in all fifty states.”