Texas's attorney general reportedly sent employees home to 'celebrate' the overturning of Roe v Wade and declared an annual 'sanctity of life' holiday
- The Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade on Friday.
- Texas AG Ken Paxton reportedly sent employees home and instituted an annual "sanctity of life" holiday.
After the Supreme Court today overturned Roe v Wade on Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent employees home from work and declared a yearly "sanctity of life" holiday, according to an email tweeted by ProPublica reporter J. David McSwane.
—J. David McSwane (@davidmcswane) June 24, 2022
The email was listed as from Brent Webster, first assistant attorney general in Texas. The office has about 4,000 employees, per its government website. Paxton's office did not respond to requests for comment.
"Going forward, today will be an annual agency holiday to commemorate the sanctity of life," the email said.
The note added that people should not work after noon on Friday. People who are approved to work anyway are eligible for comp time, suggesting the day off is paid for everyone. The email added court appearances or hearings should be "covered."
"Attorney General Paxton and the entire Executive Leadership Team wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable 'Sanctity of Life,' holiday," the email finished.
Paxton himself has long been against abortion rights. Last year, Texas passed a "trigger law" that will outlaw abortion in the 30 days after Roe v Wade was overturned, with the only exceptions being if the person is going to die or if they are facing "substantial impairment of major bodily function," per the Texas Tribune.
Many states are likely to restrict access to or ban most abortions in the wake of the ruling.
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