Texas voters want abortion access, despite Republican rhetoric
On Monday, Republicans in Texas had a strange reaction to the leak of a draft opinion from the United States Supreme Court that plans to overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade case that guarantees a federal right to abortion.
Unsurprisingly, Republicans in Texas were more offended by the leak than by the end of a constitutional right and precedent in the United States decided in 1973.
Meanwhile, senior Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, didn’t even bother to utter the word “abortion” in their press release.
While President Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, said “women’s right to choose is fundamental” and called on voters to “elect pro-choice leaders”.
On Thursday, Schumer announced that the Senate would vote again on the Women’s Health Protection Act next week. But without eliminating the filibuster, the chances of the law being passed are slim to none.
In reality, access to abortion is a widespread issue among voters, and their views stray far from the right-wing religious leader’s ideas of freedom and right to privacy. According to a study by the Texas Politics Project, 78% of Texas voters agree that access to abortion should be allowed in some form.
So not only do Texas voters want access to abortion in cases of rape and incest, but the majority of voters believe that regardless of their circumstances, all pregnant women deserve control of their bodily autonomy.
For years, Republicans have ignored the essence of church-state separation, citing their personal religious beliefs rather than federal protections.
In an interview with Fox News, Texas Senator Ted Cruz called the leak “a gross violation of the courts’ trust in our nation’s history.”
Additionally, Cruz implied that the leak was posted by a “leftist paralegal” despite no evidence to support his claim and to support SCOTUS’ investigation and possible lawsuit against the leaker. of funds.
As a former Supreme Court clerk, Cruz should know that leaking documents is not illegal unless crimes were committed to obtain the document. And so, experts say, regardless of their political affiliation, the landlord is unlikely to face criminal charges.
Once again, one of Texas’ most famous elected officials is mistaking his constituents’ position on one of America’s most politicized issues. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, six out of ten Americans support legal abortion in all or most cases.
Still, another Texas Republican creating laws against the interests of his constituents is Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who issued a scathing statement Tuesday in response to the leak.
“We are staunchly a pro-life state and have worked hard to help women choose life,” Patrick said. “I’m sure the left will fight to allow abortion in Texas. They will not win this fight.
Like Patrick, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also cites his anti-abortion policy around religious beliefs and “states’ rights.”
“Let the states make the decisions,” Paxton said in an interview with Fox News. “If Texas wants to pass more restrictive laws, they can. People can vote with their feet and decide where they want to live based on the laws of that state. »
And last but not least, Texas Governor Greg Abbott had a different reaction than his fellow Republicans. In October, the governor openly admitted to UnderCurrentTV that Republicans had banned abortion in Texas, but did not comment on the leak. Most likely, this is news he was already expecting.
Abbott signed the Texas Trigger Act in the last legislative session, which would ban all abortions in any form 30 days after the official decision by SCOTUS. Under the law, performing an abortion would be considered a felony of up to life in prison for abortion providers and a $100,000 fine.
While Texas Republicans target people’s constitutional rights, the state is ranked 43rd on national education, has the highest uninsured population in the United States and still runs a failing power grid.