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Abortion Is Now Illegal in Texas, State’s Attorney General Says

June 24, 2022, 3:26 PM

Existing Texas statues predating the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision render abortion illegal in the state immediately, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement Friday.

  • “Today, the question of abortion returns to the states,” Paxton said. “And in Texas, that question has already been answered: abortion is illegal here.”
  • The state is set to fully ban abortions 30 days after Roe v. Wade is declared unconstitutional, which the U.S. Supreme Court did Friday, but pre-existing laws make it illegal already, Paxton said.
  • “Some prosecutors may choose to immediately pursue criminal prosecutions based on violations of Texas abortion prohibitions predating ...