Sep 01, 2021

Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s failure to block Texas’ new law that essentially bans abortions by the sixth week of pregnancy – before most people know they are pregnant:

“Abortion bans are the result of the crumbling of church-state separation. The First Amendment prohibits the government from imposing one set of religious beliefs on others, but Texas' new draconian law and other attempts by states to ban reproductive freedom do just that. Blocking abortion access is just one item on the Christian nationalist agenda that religious extremists and their lawmaker allies are pushing, to force all of us to live by their beliefs. Abortion bans particularly harm more marginalized communities, including women, Black people, low-income communities, immigrants, LGBTQ folks, young people, indigenous people and other communities of color.

“In an alarming direct attack on decades of court decisions upholding Roe v. Wade, the Texas law outsources enforcement to religious extremists, giving them the right to sue every abortion provider and anyone who helps someone obtain an abortion. Everyone should have the right and the ability to make their own decisions about reproductive health care, including whether to have an abortion. We join our allies in the fight for reproductive freedom and justice by calling on the Supreme Court to act immediately to stop the Texas law from going into effect.

“Our laws cannot allow anyone to use their religious beliefs to harm others. Americans United supports reproductive and religious freedom for all.”

Americans United is a religious freedom advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, AU educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. Learn more at www.au.org.