Valley residents react to Supreme Court overturning Roe. V. Wade
Abortion services across Texas are on hold after the Supreme Court issued an historic opinion Friday that overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that stood for nearly 50 years.
Some in the Valley are rejoicing the high court's decision.
“Praise God,” Valley resident Albert Holder said, adding that this is what he’s been praying for, and he hopes women will turn to alternative prenatal care clinics.
Others expressed disappointment.
"I'm very livid about the decision to reverse Roe v. Wade,” Valley resident Rene Armstrong said. “It is not anybody's business, it is between a woman and her medical team, and it is a very difficult decision to make."
According to Whole Woman's Health President Amy Hagstrom Miller, Friday's ruling will only cause women to get an abortion performed elsewhere.
"If a patient in Texas is denied the care that they deserve, and they become a patient for Whole Women's Health in Minnesota, or travel to Maryland, or Virginia, they are a Virginia patient at that moment, and they may have an abortion" Miller said.
Miller also fears the health related consequences the Supreme Court's decision could bring for black and Hispanic women
"When you ban abortion, maternal mortality skyrockets,” Miller said. “People die continuing pregnancies they did not feel ready, and were not physically ready to continue.”
Abortion rights will now be determined by states.
Texas has a trigger law in place that will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization starting 30 days after the Supreme Court's judgement - which is typically issued about a month after the initial opinion.
There will be no exceptions for survivors of rape or incest - the only exception will be to save a pregnant patient's life.
The state already has a six-week abortion ban in effect.