Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton closes offices to honor ‘unborn babies’ and creates holiday

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Following a Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to abortion in the United States, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton marked the event by closing his offices across the state on Friday and creating a holiday.

A leaving his office said the shutdown, which is expected to begin at noon, is “in honor of the nearly 70 million unborn babies who have been killed in the womb since 1973.” June 24 will also be recognized as a holiday for the Attorney General’s Office due to the decision, according to the statement.

“Roe v. Wade and its successor Planned Parenthood v. Casey have absolutely no basis in the United States Constitution,” Paxton said, in part, in a statement. “Nevertheless, for half a century, Americans have had to live under these illegitimate, illegal, and unconstitutional dictates of a partisan and willful Supreme Court. No more.”

Friday’s SCOTUS decision gives states the power to drastically limit or ban abortion.

Texas has what’s called a “trigger law” that will go into effect 30 days after SCOTUS issues a formal judgment. The law makes most abortions illegal in the state with a few exceptions: if it was necessary to save the life of the pregnant person or if there was a risk of severe incapacitation due to the pregnancy.

Democrat Rochelle Garza, who will challenge Paxton in November for Texas Attorney General, released her own statement, saying in part, “I am running for Texas Attorney General to fight for the families of Texas and that includes their right constitutional right to reproductive freedom. The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn nearly 50 years of precedent recognizing the constitutional right to bodily autonomy and access to abortion will have dire repercussions for working families in Texas and will have a disproportionate impact on women of color, people living in poverty and rural communities.

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