Statement: The Leaked Draft Supreme Court Opinion Is a Call to Action for Congress as Our Civil Rights and Control Over Our Bodies Are Under Attack

May 3, 2022

AUSTIN, Texas – Yesterday, on May 2, 2022, a leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion was released that suggests the U.S. Supreme Court intends to strike down Roe v. Wade. The ruling is not final, and abortion is currently still legal.

Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez issued the following response​:

“We at Texas Freedom Network want to make it abundantly clear: Abortion is your right and abortion is still legal in the United States.

“The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would be a devastating blow to those who need this vital healthcare, and the extremely radical brief the world is now seeing shows why it’s up to us to fight back to protect safe and legal access to abortion and all of our constitutional rights.

“Today, abortion is still legal. Regardless of the shameless actions that may come from our nation’s highest court. We know that most Texans and the majority of the country oppose abortion bans. Still, far-right politicians continue using our bodies for political power and control.

“These vitriolic attempts to criminalize abortion come from the same far-right politicians who continuously demonize people in need of healthcare and then abandon parents in need of support when they do choose to have children. These bans have never been about moral good or life. 

“It is up to us to do what we can to ensure people receive the abortion care they need when they need it. And it is up to Congress to truly serve the people who elected them. Congress must immediately answer the call to codify the Roe ruling into law by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act.

“Abortion is healthcare. Abortion is a moral good. Abortion should be our protected right, and we won’t stop fighting for it in the courts, in Congress, at the ballot box, and at the state legislature.”


The Texas Freedom Network ( is a grassroots organization of religious and community leaders and young Texans building an informed and effective movement for equality and social justice.