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Armand Viscarri, ACLU of Texas, media@aclutx.org

May 19, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 8 into law, banning abortion in Texas as early as six weeks gestation and allowing anyone — even a stranger — to sue any person who supports someone seeking abortion care.   

The following statement can be attributed to Drucilla Tigner, policy and advocacy strategist of the ACLU of Texas

“Governor Abbott just signed into law the most extreme abortion ban in the country, effectively outlawing abortions before most people would know they are pregnant. Not only does this ban violate more than half a century of Supreme Court caselaw, it paves the way for anti-choice extremists to use our court system to go after anyone who performs abortions or considers supporting a person that has one. But make no mistake, abortion is both legal in Texas and supported by the majority of Texans. The governor’s swipe of a pen can’t change the Constitution.”

The ACLU of Texas and Planned Parenthood sued the City of Lubbock on May 17 to block a similar ban on abortion within its city limits. The complaint can be found here.