Republicans Are Not Celebrating the Texas Abortion Law. Here's Why

Nearly a week after the Supreme Court voted not to block ultra restrictive abortion laws banning the procedure in nearly all circumstances in Texas, a number of influential GOP figures are still holding back on openly praised the ruling.

The so-called "heartbeat bill" that prohibits abortions after just 6 weeks—a timeframe in which most women aren't even aware they are pregnant— came into effect on Wednesday night after the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal brought by abortion rights advocates to block its enforcement.

The decision was condemned by Democrats as a draconian attack on women's rights, while a number of Republican lawmakers in states such as Florida, Arkansas and South Dakota announced they intend on bringing in similar legislation in order to try and get more restrictive abortion laws passed.

Texas senator Ted Cruz is one of those who has been relatively quiet about the passing of Senate Bill 8.

Cruz has still not tweeted about the issue, but did provide a statement to Newsweek that did not mention the six-week abortion law directly.

"Sen. Cruz is proud that Texas is leading the charge to defend life," the statement from his office said. "Every life is a gift from God, and without life, there is no liberty. The question of abortion legislation should be returned to the states."

As noted by Buzzfeed News, Texas Senator John Cornyn also has not offered a full comment showing support for the new Texas bill.

In the aftermath of the abortion bill getting passed through the Supreme Court, only three Texas congressmen openly praised the move—Rep. Chip Roy, Rep. Ronny Jackson, and Rep. Dan Crenshaw.

The official main GOP Twitter account still has not mentioned the abortion bill passing in Texas either.

One person who has expressed an air of caution about the bill is Donald Trump, still seen by many as the de-facto leader of the Republican party, who appeared to suggest the decision could still be reversed.

Speaking to Sinclair Broadcast Group's Full Measure, Trump did not confirm if he supports the six-week abortion law, describing the ruling as "very complex and also probably temporary."

"I think other things will happen," Trump added. "And that will be the big deal in the big picture, so we'll see what would happen. But we're studying the ruling and we're also studying what they've done in Texas."

A similar comment about the new Texas abortion bill was also made by Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who told ABC's This Week that he thinks the Supreme Court will "swat it away" once it comes to them in "an appropriate manner."

He added: "If it's as terrible as people say it is, it'll be destroyed by the Supreme Court."

Speaking to The Associated Press, Republican pollster Christine Matthews suggested that some GOP lawmakers may have decided against coming out in support of the measure in case it is used against them in next year's midterms.

"It is going to be a very motivating issue for women who haven't typically been single-issue pro-choice voters," Matthews said.

Democrats have suggested that the GOP-majority Supreme Court could one day also end Roe v. Wade entirely following the Texas law coming into effect.

Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe is already airing television adverts about the threat of further abortion laws in the state, telling AP that "there's a good chance that we could see Virginia go the way of Texas" if the Republicans win the midterms.

"People have been talking about the end of abortion for years and years. Now it's actually happening," McAuliffe added to NBC. "That will get people to come out in droves. It will really motivate folks."

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Pro-life protesters stand near the gate of the Texas state capitol at a protest outside the Texas state capitol on May 29, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Getty Images