For Immediate Release: August 19, 2021
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: “Texas scored a big win for the pro-life cause,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “The abortion industry has spent a lot of time and money bringing a pro-life Texas law to a standstill, but Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is a fighter who doesn’t abandon the will of Texas citizens.”
Senate Bill 8, passed in 2017, placed a ban on certain “dilation and evacuation” procedures in the second trimester, but Planned Parenthood and Whole Woman’s Health Clinic fought back with activist courts. They received support from a Texas district court that declared the law an “undue burden” and unconstitutional.
“Thanks to diligent work by the Texas AG, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the lower court’s decision and allowed SB8 to go into effect,” Martin continued. “We were proud to file an amicus brief in support of General Paxton three years ago. In fact, the 5th Circuit described the lower court’s ruling as ‘bungled’ and containing ‘numerous, reversible legal and factual errors.’
“This is a big win for Ken Paxton and the people of Texas. We are pleased with the 5th Circuit’s ruling and encouraged that there are good state leaders who will courageously fight for the right to life.”