The Supreme Court Rules on the Most Important Abortion Case in Over Two Decades

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Texas law, which restricts abortion providers, is immoral as it places an undue burden on women.  This has been ruled after a 3 month deliberation. Justice Stephen G. Breyer, in assistance with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan delivered the opinion on this law. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. dissented.


Texas’s HB2, which was passed in 2013, stated and mandated that all abortion clinics meet requirements of barred abortion 20-weeks after post-fertilization, ambulatory surgical centers, and placed some restrictions around medically induced abortions. The Supreme Court also heard opposition to the mechanism of the law that barred admitting privileges and imposed these ambulatory surgical center requirements.


This law has led to the closure of many abortion clinics throughout the state of Texas. Till October 2015, 19 such clinics were closed out of a total of 41. If this law had been still in practice, only a handful of clinics would have remained open in the state. Women seeking abortions in Texas face a lot of troubles with the abortion process; the increasing wait times for appointments, having to travel an average of 70 miles one way per visit, and the ultrasound and multiple counseling sessions make it a very costly affair.

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