Allred Statement on Supreme Court Decision Regarding Emergency Abortion Care, Keeps Texas Ban in Place

DALLAS – Today, Congressman Colin Allred released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Moyle v. United States, which temporarily preserves abortion access in emergency situations in Idaho, while litigation continues. The decision keeps Texas’ near total abortion ban in place.

“To deny women in emergencies the life-saving abortion care they need is cruel and outrageous, and this decision only furthers dangerous uncertainty for Texas women,” said Allred. “These difficult decisions should be made by women and their doctors – not lawyers, judges or politicians like Ted Cruz. We are only here because of Texas’ extreme abortion ban which Ted Cruz supports. Denying medically necessary abortions will risk women’s lives and their ability to have future children. In the Senate, I will always fight to ensure women have access to the critical health care they need.” 

The case before the Supreme Court arose after Idaho’s near total abortion ban conflicted with federal law requiring hospitals that receive federal funding to administer emergency room care to patients under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). 

Allred has long championed protecting women’s right to access abortion, and has voted to codify Roe v. Wade’s protections to restore national abortion access. He has also been a leading voice against restricting women’s right to interstate travel, supports codifying protection for IVF in federal law and has worked to expand access to affordable birth control and over-the-counter contraception. 

Cruz fought for years to overturn Roe v. Wade, and proudly supports an abortion ban with no exceptions. Ted Cruz has called Texas’ own near-total abortion ban “perfectly reasonable and praised the fact that “in the state of Texas we have significant limits restricting abortion,” saying, “I agree with that.” 

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