Texas Democrats Stand With Texans and Abortion Advocates in the Face of Abbott’s Signing of Brazenly Illegal Abortion Ban

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Interim Executive Director Hannah Roe Beck issued the following statement on Greg Abbott’s signing of the country’s most damaging six-week abortion ban:

“This morning, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law the most damaging abortion ban in the country, and confirmed what we already knew: Abbott has no business making decisions for Texans. This six-week ban is blatantly illegal, as well as deeply harmful and exceptionally cruel, from a state government that has already set an astonishingly new, low bar of doing harm to the people it is supposed to serve.

“Abbott’s anti-Texan law will not only illegally ban abortion around six weeks — before most people know they are pregnant — but also allow anyone, including people from out of state, to take legal action against any individual who has helped someone else get an abortion. That could be someone who drives a family member to an abortion clinic to get the health care they need. That could be a provider who has fought hard to keep their clinic open in a state that already makes it incredibly hard for doctors to provide needed health care, or an advocate who works tirelessly to help people cover the cost of abortion care in a state with the largest number of uninsured people in the country. This ban is brazen, illegal overreach from a Republican-controlled state government that has done nothing to address the serious challenges Texans are facing, but has instead gone out of its way to harm our communities in order to appeal to right-wing extremist donors and an increasingly fringe Republican base.

“Everyone knows — and loves — someone who has had an abortion, including every Texas Republican who pushed this cruel law forward. That is simple statistics. Abortion is health care. Abortion is a human right. Texas Democrats stand with abortion advocates, abortion providers, and Texans fighting for their rights in condemning this draconian ban. We will never stop fighting to get Texans the health care they need, including abortion care. We will never stop fighting to protect Texans’ human rights, even in the face of relentless Republican assaults like this.”