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Protesters marched from the federal courthouse to the state Capitol in opposition of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade in downtown Austin on June 24, 2022.
Texas Abortion Restrictions

Not 1925: Texas’ law banning abortion dates to before the Civil War

The restriction, which was revived after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, was put in place amid concerns about declining white birth rates and as the medical profession formalized.

View of the north side of the Texas Capitol grounds from 17th St. Roads are unpaved and there is a group of girls under trees and a woman with a horse in the foreground.

Spanish origins

Texas’ fledgling medical industry

Cover page of the sixth Texas Legislature's penal code, adopted in 1857.
The Capitol building in Austin from 1856 until it burned in 1881.
19th century Boston physician Horatio Storer.

Early legal battles

1857 statutes today

A photo of lawyers Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee in Coffee’s home in Mineola, TX on July 7, 2022.
Anti-abortion advocates at the Rally for Life march at the Capitol in Austin on Jan. 27, 2018.

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