Published On: Mon, Jun 27th, 2016

US Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion law, requirements for emergency access, safety standards

In a decision striking down key aspects of a Texas abortion law Monday, the Supreme Court cast doubt on similar laws in nearly two-dozen states. Justice Anthony Kennedy helped deliver a victory for the pro-abortion activists as the court found that there “was no significant health-related problem that the new law helped to cure” by requiring these clinics to have emergency care access and meet certain state rules on safety.

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, which was joined in full by Kennedy, ruling that the Texas abortion law amounted to burdening women who seek abortions.
Pro-abortion supporter photo/ screenshot of video coverage

Pro-abortion supporter photo/ screenshot of video coverage

“There was no significant health-related problem that the new law helped to cure,” Breyer wrote. “We agree with the District Court that the surgical-center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an “undue burden” on their constitutional right to do so.”

The abortion restrictions were passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013 and were quickly labeled “clinic shutdown” laws since many facilities, particularly Planned Parenthood clinics closed due their inability or refusal to meet the criteria.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Breyer’s opinion and wrote a brief concurring opinion, which focused on what she called women in “desperate circumstances.”
“When a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners, faute de mieux, at great risk to their health and safety,” she wrote.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden stated that “Abortionists shouldn’t be given a free pass to elude medical requirements that everyone else is required to follow. We are disappointed that the Supreme Court has ruled against a law so clearly designed to protect the health and safety of women in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell scandal. The law’s requirements were commonsense protections that ensured the maximum amount of protection for women, who deserve to have their well-being treated by government as a higher priority than the bottom line of abortionists. Any abortion facilities that don’t meet basic health and safety standards are not facilities that anyone should want to remain open.”
Gosnell’s trial began after a woman lost her life due to a botched abortion and the doctor’s limited emergency care access.

The immediate impact of the ruling means that the plaintiff in the case, Whole Women’s Health, will not have to close any more of its Texas clinics.

“Every day, Whole Woman’s Health treats our patients with compassion, respect and dignity,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, the founder and CEO of the group. “And today the Supreme Court did the same. We’re thrilled that today justice was served and our clinics stay open.”

Hillary Clinton immediately praised the ruling.
“SCOTUS’s decision is a victory for women in Texas and across America. Safe abortion should be a right—not just on paper, but in reality. -H”
President Barack Obama said he is “pleased” by the ruling.
“We remain strongly committed to the protection of women’s health, including protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her right to determine her own future, the President said.
Texas made headlines with their abortion bill. Here a pro-abortion supporter mocks Christians singing 'Amazing Grace' in the Texas State Capitol building as her colleagues chant 'Hail Satan'. screenshot acahnman.blogspot.com

Texas made headlines with their abortion bill. Here a pro-abortion supporter mocks Christians singing ‘Amazing Grace’ in the Texas State Capitol building as her colleagues chant ‘Hail Satan’.
screenshot acahnman.blogspot.com

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