The makeup of the court has anti-abortion advocates like Joe Pojman optimistic.
“We think we have more votes on the Supreme Court, more justices who are willing to take a fresh look at the Roe v. Wade precedent and possibly untie the hands of the legislature so they can begin to protect unborn babies from abortion,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life.
“I think it’s not just possible, I think it’s reasonably likely that Roe v. Wade will at least be significantly eroded, if not completely overturned. There may very well be a five justice majority to do that now,” said Dale Carpenter, a constitutional law professor at Southern Methodist University.
This legislative session, lawmakers passed bills increasing abortion restrictions in the state, including one that would ban abortions as early as six weeks, which is before most women know they are pregnant.
It’s set to go to the Governor’s desk, where Abbott says he will sign it into law.
“Acting through our elected officials, Texas has shown itself to be a very pro-life state,” said Pojman. “We think that an unborn child is worthy of protection, and that is the right and the responsibility of the state of Texas.”