Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia Issues Statement on the Supreme Court’s Refusal to Block Texas SB8

September 2, 2021
Press Release
Media contact: Daniela Campos Lopez | daniela.campos@mail.house.gov | 202-227-0330

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s refusal to block Texas SB8:

“I am disappointed to see the Supreme Court’s decision which allows the Texas GOP’s unconstitutional bill to remain in place while setting up a horrifying system of vigilantism that could quickly spread to other states,” said Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29). “Women’s reproductive rights are on the line and should not be put on hold while draconian laws try to dictate us what to do with our bodies. This is an outrageous and clear assault on Roe v. Wade.”

BACKGROUND

The Supreme Court declined to block the implementation of Texas’ Senate Bill 8 in the early hours of September 2nd after a petition from Texas abortion clinics. While the bill’s enforcement mechanism is still blocked by a decision of a Travis County judge on August 31st, the provision of SB8 banning nearly all abortions remains in effect.

Senate Bill 8 was passed by the Texas Legislature in the spring with two key provisions. First, it bans abortion care after the detection of fetal cardiac activity, which typically occurs in the 5th or 6th week of pregnancy. Data from a 2018 Texas Policy Evaluation Project survey indicates that nearly 80% of abortions occur after the 6th week of pregnancy. Additional data indicates that this ban would prohibit nearly 90% of people seeking abortions from acquiring them in Texas clinics.

The bill also allows for nearly anyone, including non-Texas residents, to sue Texans whom they claim “aided and abetted” a person seeking an abortion. This would include Texans who help drive people to clinics, provide financial support, and more.

While the Supreme Court has declined to temporarily block the bill from entering effect, litigation continues to attempt to overturn Senate Bill 8.

 

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Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent the Texas 29th Congressional District. She serves on the House Judiciary and Financial Services Committees.