AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken
Paxton joined a 19-state coalition defending parental-consent statutes for
minors seeking an abortion. This friend-of-the-court brief was filed in the
United States Supreme Court after the Chicago-based Court of Appeals for
the Seventh Circuit blocked a law requiring parents to receive notice
when their child decides to have an abortion without parental
“As the Supreme Court has
previously recognized, nurturing his or her child is ‘high duty’ of any
parent. Never is this parental duty of custody, care, and guidance more
necessary than when minors make the irrevocable, life-altering
decision to have an abortion,” said Attorney General Paxton.
“Texans traditionally respect and uphold parents’ right to raise their
children as they see fit, and the Seventh Circuit has repeatedly upheld these
ideals in previous opinions but failed to do so here. The Supreme Court
now has a chance to restore parental liberty and the wellbeing of minors while
giving parents room to teach and guide their children.”
This is the second time that
the case has reached the Supreme Court. Last time, the Court asked the Seventh
Circuit to reconsider its holding in light of its decision last year in June Medical LLC v.
the lower court applied the exact same faulty reasoning to strike down a
parental-consent statute. This repeated error has created great uncertainty for
States in crafting public policy in this vital area.
a copy of the
amicus brief here