Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. Credit: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent employees home on Friday to “celebrate” the overturning of Roe. v Wade, according to an email sent throughout the agency.

In the email, Paxton said the day will be an annual holiday at the state agency “to commemorate the sanctity of life.”

“Today we celebrate life and the protection of the unborn with the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade,” the email said.

The Office of the Attorney General offices will be closed for the day and employees should plan not to work after noon, the email said.

“Attorney General Paxton and the entire Executive Leadership Team wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable ‘Sanctity of Life’ holiday,” the email said.

In a statement on Roe v. Wade being overturned, Paxton said “today the question of abortion returns to the states.”

“And in Texas, that question has already been answered: abortion is illegal here,” the statement said. “I look forward to defending the pro-life laws of Texas and the lives of all unborn children moving forward.”

The state is set to further restrict abortions under a trigger law Texas has ready on the sidelines.

Story by Nichole Manna, Fort Worth Star-Telegram