Today, despite a plea to the Supreme Court, an extreme Texas law that would outlaw abortions as early as six weeks — before most people know they are pregnant — went into effect, virtually dismantling Roe v. Wade in the state of Texas. In response, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford issued the following statement:
“Republicans in state legislatures across the country have engaged in a coordinated effort to dismantle Roe v. Wade and its 50 years of precedent. Without court intervention, this law will create a two-tier health care system for Texans because of Republicans’ desire to impose their extremist, unpopular, and dangerous political agenda on Americans. Shameful pieces of legislation like Texas’ SB8 make it next to impossible for people to legally access abortion care and bans a private decision that should be made between a person and their doctor.
“Democrats are committed to fighting to protect and advance reproductive health, rights, and justice and will never stop standing against a Republican anti-choice agenda that is out of step with our values and with the values of a majority of Americans.”