How Austin, Texas, will 'decriminalize' abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to soon strike down Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that established the right to have an abortion. If and when that happens, an existing Texas law banning abortions with almost no exceptions will come into effect 30 days after. In response, the city of Austin, Texas, plans to effectively decriminalize abortion in the city, telling local police not to enforce the state law. Julie Oliver, the executive director of Ground Game Texas, a not-for-profit organization that works to get progressive issues on ballots in cities across Texas, says the tactic has a good chance of working.