Texas Alliance for Life’s Statement on the Supreme Court’s Dobbs Hearing

Wednesday, the Supreme Court held a lengthy hearing on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case to consider “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.” Members of Texas Alliance for Life’s board and staff were present outside the Court.

As Texas Alliance for Life's executive director, I made these comments:

After more than thirty years of lobbying for life in Texas, it was an exciting moment to see the Supreme Court consider a case that could monumentally shift the precedent set by Roe and Casey, both of which have prevented Texas from protecting 54,000 unborn babies who die from abortion in our state yearly.

We are encouraged by the questions the justices asked that signal their openness to reversing Roe. If that happens, the Texas Human Life Protection Act, HB 1280, will begin protecting unborn babies from the tragedy of abortion beginning at conception. That is when science tells us that unborn babies come into being, indeed, when all of us came into being.

At the same time, we are pleased the amicus curiae brief we submitted to the Court was referenced by Chief Justice Roberts to make the point that the “viability” standard was utterly arbitrary, according to Justice Blackmun, the author of Roe v. Wade in 1973. We will provide more analysis in the coming days.

The Court is not expected to release a decision until the end of its term in late June 2022.


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