AUSTIN, Texas — On Friday, Travis County District Judge Jessica Mangrum ruled in favor of a group of women and doctors who have been denied life saving abortion care due to Texas' extreme abortion bans.
However, the win for abortion rights was short-lived. On Monday, the Texas Attorney General's office swiftly filed an appeal with the State Supreme Court, blocking the ruling and leaving Texas’ total ban on abortion in place.
The following statement can be attributed to Wendy Davis, Senior Advisor at Planned Parenthood Texas Votes:
"The state's heartless decision to appeal Judge Jessica Mangrum's ruling is yet another testament to their utter disregard for the well-being of Texans, as they continue to ignore the life-threatening reality that their complete abortion ban has created. Texas politicians have repeatedly exploited our judicial system to push their extreme anti-abortion agenda, while pregnant individuals continue to face the risk of dying in Texas simply for being pregnant.”
Judge Mangrum's ruling was a glimmer of hope in our fight for justice by empowering doctors and individuals facing medically complex pregnancies with the autonomy to make crucial decisions regarding their own bodies.
Planned Parenthood Texas Votes thanks the Center for Reproductive Rights and the brave plaintiffs who shared their experiences with the hope to protect others from experiencing the same suffering.”
Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) is the nonpartisan policy, advocacy and political arm for the Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas.