TX Supreme Court Upholds ‘Life of the Mother’ Exception

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2024
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Judges Unanimously Rule Pro-Life Law Has Clear Emergency Exception to Protect Women

Austin, Texas – Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America issued the following statement in response to the Texas Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in State v. Zurawski.

“The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that Texas law is clear in protecting the life of unborn children and their mothers. Under the state’s pro-life protections, and all pro-life laws, doctors can provide pregnant women who experience an emergency with the proper care. We know doctors by-and-large understand they can rely on their reasonable medical judgment based on data showing abortions under the state’s ‘life of the mother’ exception have continued post-Dobbs; and we are grateful the Texas Medical Board is taking steps to educate doctors and the public,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America.

“What happened to Amanda Zurawski was completely wrong. No woman should suffer and almost lose her life when the law is clear that doctors can—and should—intervene to prevent further harm. Doctors and hospitals that refuse to provide women with lifesaving treatment are not abiding by their Hippocratic oath and they should be held accountable.

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are putting lives in danger by spreading misinformation on pregnant women’s ability to receive emergency care. The abortion lobby has created confusion on this fact to give the Democrats cover for their extremely unpopular all-trimester abortion agenda. Despite this very clear decision from the Texas Supreme Court, Biden and Harris will continue to capitalize on tragedy and spread lies at the expense of women’s lives.”

The Charlotte Lozier Institute filed an amicus brief in support of Texas’ pro-life laws outlining the longstanding application of the reasonable medical judgment standard across various areas of medicine in state and federal law. Both CLI and SBA submitted written and verbal comments to the Texas Medical Board as it promulgates rules to educate the medical profession and ensure that Texas laws are understood and followed.


Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.


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