“Texas women deserve better than to have extremist politicians endanger their health and safety by preventing them from accessing safe and legal abortion,” said Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “The law is having a devastating impact on women in Texas, and the court should have struck it down.”

And Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, said Thursday was a very disappointing day for Texas, and for Texan women in particular.

“The law does nothing to protect women’s health,” Burke said. “Instead, it severely limits women’s medical options. And from the time it was introduced, the people of Texas made it clear we didn’t want it, because it harms the well-being of women and their families.”

All those who expressed outrage at the decision, however, also vowed to fight on.

“This court ruling is not the last word,” said Richards. “We are fighting on every front on behalf of the women across Texas who are counting on us. Planned Parenthood will continue providing services, including abortion, to women across the state, we will combat these laws in the courts, and our separate political arm will mobilize voters to replace lawmakers who champion these dangerous laws in the first place.”

And Northrup vowed: “We remain committed to standing with Texas health care providers, Texas women, and our partners in considering every necessary step to end this health crisis and restore the essential health care that has been unconstitutionally stripped away.”


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