Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; here's what Beto O'Rourke, Gov. Greg Abbott had to say

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Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that established the right to abortion in 1973, has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The decision comes weeks after an explosive leaked draft opinion suggested the court was considering overturning Roe, igniting a firestorm around one of the nation's most divisive cultural issues.

For now, abortion is not criminalized nationwide. But the decision means the right to choose is now up to each state to determine, if they haven't passed legislation that either bans or protects abortion rights already.

Here's how state and El Paso leaders reacted.

Gov. Greg Abbott: Texas is a pro-life state

Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday released a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect the lives of all unborn babies in America.

"The U.S. Supreme Court correctly overturned Roe v. Wade and reinstated the right of states to protect innocent, unborn children. Texas is a pro-life state, and we have taken significant action to protect the sanctity of life. Texas will always fight for the innocent unborn, and I will continue working with the Texas legislature and all Texans to save every child from the ravages of abortion and help our expectant mothers in need."

Ted Cruz: Massive victory for life

Senator Ted Cruz sent six tweets Friday morning:

"The Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case, reversing Roe v. Wade, is nothing short of a massive victory for life, and it will save the lives of millions of innocent babies. The decision reverses one of the most egregious departures from the Constitution and legal precedent the United States has ever seen, and one that has resulted in the deaths of 63 million American children.

"This is a momentous day, and yet the fight for life doesn’t end with the Dobbs decision. It simply begins a new chapter. I’ve been proud to stand for life in the U.S. Senate, and I will continue to do so as we navigate the path ahead."

Ken Paxton: Abortion is now illegal in Texas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a tweet Friday morning:

"SCOTUS just overruled Roe & Casey, ending one of the most morally & legally corrupt eras in US history. Praise the Lord. Abortion is now illegal in Texas. And today I’m closing my office—and making it an annual holiday—as a memorial to the 70 million lives lost bc of abortion."

Beto O'Rourke cites need to win governor's office

Beto O’Rourke released the following statement:

“The only way to overcome today’s decision is to win this race for governor. The Supreme Court has sent this back to the states, and our state’s current governor has outlawed abortion beginning at conception with no exception for rape or incest. If you care about protecting a woman’s freedom to make her own decisions about her own body, health care, and future, join this campaign."

More: Abortion advocates rally in Downtown El Paso and across country over post-Roe future

Veronica Escobar: 'Dark day in America'

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso, issued the following statement:

"It is a dark day in America when a Supreme Court ruling ensures the generations that follow ours will have fewer rights than we enjoy now. The Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization represents yet another blatant attack on the rights of the American people by an activist Court that is more Mitch McConnell’s plaything than a jurisprudential body.

"Striking down Roe overturns 50 years of precedent and strips women of their reproductive freedom and control of their own bodies, lives, and futures."

Bishop Mark Seitz: Catholic community has always been pro-life

Bishop Mark J. Seitz said the overturning is a relief to the Catholic community.

"The life, death and resurrection of Jesus, show us a God deeply in love with each one of us. In God’s eyes, each of us is loved, each of us is valuable, each of us is necessary and needed, and none of us can be taken for granted," he wrote in an emailed statement.

"That is what grounds our conviction that all life is sacred and that none of us is worthy to decide who lives and who dies. That is for God alone. For this reason, the Catholic community has always been pro-life. Against the death penalty. Against war. Against abortion. For families. For women. For humanity. Today’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade comes as a relief for many who are committed to the defense of all human life," he said.

Seitz added that abortion is never the solution. And that Catholics must remain pro-life to protect all humans.

This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: Beto O'Rourke, Greg Abbott react to Roe v. Wade, abortion decision