Current Pro-Life News
On June 24, Roe vs. Wade was finally overturned.
Here is what our local District Attorneys are saying about the ruling and what it means for North Texas:
Regarding enforcing Texas laws on abortion, Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson issued this statement: “My oath and that of everyone in my office is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States and Texas. Wilson added, “Prosecutors do not make the law — we follow it. We followed Roe v. Wade when it was the law, and we will follow Texas state law now.”
However, Dallas District Attorney John Creuzot has responded to the Texas ban on abortion saying, “I want women across Texas, and especially here in Dallas County, to rest assured that my office will not stand in the way of them seeking the health care they need.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told prosecutors across Texas immediately after the Supreme Court released its decision, that they could begin to criminally prosecute abortions. He has no power, however, to make the Dallas County DA do that.
In response to a lawsuit filed June 27, 2022, in a state court by pro-abortion groups, the court issued a temporary restraining order to block the enforcement of pre-Roe laws banning abortion.
Only Texas abortion centers involved in the lawsuit can temporarily resume abortions up to six weeks of pregnancy. In North Texas, those abortionists are Whole Women’s Health in McKinney and Fort Worth, and Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas.
Another hearing is scheduled for July 12, 2022.
What Should I Know?
What is Roe v. Wade?
On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued a decision that a woman's right to an abortion falls within the right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment. The decision gave a woman a right to an abortion during the entirety of the pregnancy. Read More
Timeline Since Roe v. Wade
- Roe v Wade: All women have access to abortion, and Medicaid covers abortion.
- Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v Casey: The Supreme Court was asked to overrule Roe v Wade. The Court reaffirmed Roe’s “essential holding,” the woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy before viability.
- HB 15 passed by Texas Legislature: Mandatory 24 hour waiting period before abortion. Mandatory ultrasound. Abortionist must offer the option to listen to the sonogram and view the ultrasound.
- SB 835, companion bill, passed by Texas Legislature: Women’s Right to Know Act, requiring abortionists to provide women with state-provided printed materials describing the growth stages of the baby along with additional regulations.
- Texas Department of Health and Human Services is prohibited from contracting with health care providers who perform abortions or who are affiliated with facilities that provide abortion care.
- Texas begins to fund pregnancy help centers.
- A parent’s written consent must be notarized before a girl under the age of 18 can get an abortion.
- Texas Legislature passes law requiring abortion facilities to meet same standards as required for ambulatory surgical centers.
- Abortionists are also required to hold admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
- Abortions after 20 weeks are banned, unless the woman’s life or health is at risk or in the case of a fetal anomaly.
- Texas Heartbeat Bill: Bans abortion after fetal heartbeat is detected. Since the law went into effect on September 1, 2021, client visits to abortion centers have been reduced by 50%. Client visits to pregnancy resource centers have increased by 40%. The law survived several court challenges.
- Texas Legislature passed Chemical Abortion Safety Protocols that went into effect on December 1, 2021, with the following provisions: A woman can be no more than 7 weeks along in her pregnancy, and she must be seen and assessed in person by the abortion doctor. Mail-order abortions are prohibited and there are criminal penalties for violating the law.
- The Human Life Protection Act was passed during the same legislative session. This law is triggered and goes into effect when and to the extent that the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade. Within 30 days of the Court’s decision, this law goes into effect.
- Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health: Supreme Court heard case that challenges a state law prohibiting abortions of unborn babies after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The question they are deciding is whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional. Ruling will be made May/June and may overturn Roe.
According to research done by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, “as of April 21, 42 states have introduced a total of 417 pro-life bills (or bills containing at least one pro-life provision) in 2022 or the current legislative session. This includes 273 bills introduced in 2022, and 144 bills introduced in 2020-2021 for the current legislative session. These bills contain a total of more than 600 pro-life provisions. Currently, 12 states have enacted 15 pro-life bills into law in 2022 or in the current legislative session.