Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has experienced a rise in popularity over a number of decisions he’s made in the past year regarding how his state reacts to the COVID-19 pandemic, carefully balancing public safety with maintaining personal freedom of choice.
According to The Daily Wire, the governor scored yet another victory recently as the Texas Supreme Court sided with the Republican governor on his decision to ban face mask mandates in his state.
Abbott’s original order that banned mask mandates and “vaccine passports” in Texas was immediately challenged by a number of populated counties and cities across the state, and those entities were able to convince lower courts to allow schools and businesses to move forward with face mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At the time of his original announcement, Abbott said that Texans “have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities.”
He added: “Vaccines, which remain in abundant supply, are the most effective defense against the virus, and they will always remain voluntary – never forced – in the State of Texas.”
Given the number of courts that issued temporary restraining orders against Abbott’s executive order, the Republican governor took the matter all the way to the top, where he emerged with a victory.
However, it appears as if some areas of the state are still bent on forcing mask mandates, including San Antonio and Bexar County. An attorney representing those areas made clear that it will not abide by the Supreme Court’s latest ruling.
“The City of San Antonio and Bexar County’s response to the Texas Supreme Court continues to emphasize that the Governor cannot use his emergency powers to suspend laws that provide local entities the needed flexibility to act in an emergency,” said attorney Andy Segovia.
Abbott has proven that he’s a governor who will fight to maintain the rights granted to residents of his state, and it’s highly unlikely that he’ll simply sit back without a fight as major cities and counties continue to challenge his authority.