Texas Gov. Abbott signs “Human Life Protection Act”

By Dave Andrusko

On Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Human Life Protection Act (House Bill 1280) which would ban abortions in Texas if the Supreme Court overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Commonly referred to as a “trigger” law, HB 1280 would “take effect 30 days after the overturn of Roe v. Wade or if a court ruling or amendment allowed for states to individually prohibit abortions,” according to reporter Sunny Tsai.

Exceptions would be allowed for risks to the mother’s life or a “substantial impairment of major bodily function.

When the measure passed the House on May 25, the Dallas Morning News included a quote from state Sen. Angela Paxton, R-McKinney, from a prior Senate hearing.  Paxton, who wrote the bill, said, “I believe all Texans deserve the opportunity to experience life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” She added, “I believe House Bill 1280 … is the appropriate vehicle to ensure that this right is immediately protected should the Supreme Court overturn the current precedent.”

According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, Texas joins about 10 other states with similar trigger laws.