May 4, 2022

(Frisco, TX) – Earlier this week, an opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was leaked stating Roe v. Wade, which Alito qualified as “egregiously wrong from the start”, should be struck down. 

Last year, the Texas Legislature took decisive action and proactively passed HB 1280, also known as the “Trigger Ban” to ensure that if Roe v. Wade were ever overturned, Texas would be ready. Specifically, HB 1280 would trigger the prohibition of abortion in Texas 30 days after the Supreme Court overturns Roe. Texas is one of 13 states with a trigger ban in place.

Although this is currently just a draft opinion and will take months to finalize, Texas stands ready to secure the safety of millions of unborn Texans should this opinion be adopted.

Representative Patterson stated, “I pray this is the beginning of the end. The end to the senseless murdering of children, which Roe v. Wade claimed as a constitutional right. I am proud to have been one of the legislators who coauthored and voted for both HB 1280 and SB 8 – the Texas Heartbeat Act – but our work is not complete until this horrific practice is abolished. Despite the chaos of leaking such a monumental decision, I urge the Supreme Court Justices who would vote in favor of overruling Roe and Casey to stand their ground. They were appointed for such a time as this.” 

Jared Patterson represents House District 106, which encompasses the eastern portion of Denton County. During his legislative tenure, Patterson has authored and passed initiatives in policy areas such as transportation, public education, elections, and property taxes. During the 87th Legislative Session, he played a critical role in the passage of legacy reforms such as the Texas Heartbeat Act and Constitutional Carry. He has also worked diligently to support first responders, eliminate unnecessary and burdensome government regulations, and protect pets. Patterson serves on the House Committees on Business & Industry, Calendars, and Homeland Security & Public Safety. He also serves on the Texas Cybersecurity Council. His family resides in Frisco.