Supreme Court Decision on Texas’s SB8 Fails to Protect Abortion Rights

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today allows legal challenges to continue against Texas’s draconian abortion ban, but offers no relief to those millions of Texans being harmed by it every single day."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2021

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Saint Paul, Minn.—

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court held that federal challenges to Texas’s extreme abortion ban (SB8) can go forward, though chose not to strike down or stay the law in the meantime.

The following statement can be attributed to Gender Justice Executive Director Megan Peterson:

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today allows legal challenges to continue against Texas’s draconian abortion ban, but offers no relief to those millions of Texans being harmed by it every single day. As we saw just last week during oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the court’s conservative majority once again signaled its disregard for reproductive health and wellbeing of pregnant people.

“Today’s decision reinforces the fact that Roe v. Wade is not, and has never been, enough to protect our rights to this essential health care. It has never been enough to ensure that pregnant people have meaningful access to abortion care, when and where they need it – especially Black, Latino, and Indigenous people, people with disabilities, people in rural areas, young people, immigrants, and those having difficulty making ends meet.

“Our hearts are with Texans today. For them, and for all of us, Gender Justice will continue to fight not only to protect but expand access to abortion care.”

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