Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Smith: Supreme Court Ruled Against Life, Safety and States’ Rights

Jun 27, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) gave the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-3 vote to strike down a Texas law (H.B. 2) designed to provide essential protections for the health and safety of women inside the state’s abortion facilities.

Congressman Lamar Smith: “Today, the Supreme Court ruled against life, common-sense safety measures and states’ rights. The court has encroached on the State of Texas’ ability to self-govern. And the court’s decision jeopardizes the safety of women who pursue abortion services.

“The Supreme Court chose to side with pro-abortion advocates at the expense of an individual’s health care needs. I remain steadfast in my belief that life is precious, and no life is more vulnerable than that of an unborn child.”

Earlier this year, Smith and U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX), along with U.S. Representatives Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Pete Olson (R-TX), led a broad Congressional coalition filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Texas HB 2.