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SCOTUS Ruling on Texas Abortion Ban “Shameful,” Dem AGs Will Fight On

September 2, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s midnight 5-4 ruling, refusing to block the Texas abortion ban and allowing the most restrictive abortion law in the country to go into effect.  The law prohibits abortions at six weeks into pregnancy and gives citizens a “private right of action” to sue any party that assists or is involved with access to abortions. As a result, abortion now is all but impossible for patients in Texas to access. 

Statement from Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Nevada AG Aaron Ford, Co-Chairs of the Democratic Attorneys General Association:

“The decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the ban on abortions to go in effect in Texas is shameful and extraordinarily dangerous. The Court has ignored 50 years of established precedent and side-stepped judicial procedure to ban Texans from accessing abortions.  The Court’s ruling threatens doctors, teachers, family members, clergy, and others for providing support and access to healthcare and encourages vigilante justice for profit.  

As Democratic attorneys general, we believe this is un-American, and we will not stop fighting to protect reproductive rights for everyone. As the Supreme Court intimated, our fight is not over.” 

In 2019, DAGA announced the committee will only endorse candidates who support the right to access abortion and publicly commit to protecting reproductive rights. 

A list of some of the actions taken by Democratic attorneys general to support reproductive freedom is available here