The US Supreme Court’s Texas abortion ruling is just the tip of the iceberg.
The US Supreme Court’s 5-3 Texas abortion ruling technically only applies to the Lone Star State. But in reality, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt hands down a huge victory for pro-choicers that spells doom for similar restrictions in other states.
In a dramatic ruling, the Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Texas abortion access law in a victory to supporters of abortion rights who argued it would have shuttered all but a handful of clinics in the state.
The 5-3 ruling is the most significant decision from the Supreme Court on abortion in two decades and could serve to deter other states from passing so-called “clinic shutdown” laws.
But Madison.Com reports SCOTUS’ Texas abortion ruling has so-called pro-lifers in Wisconsin running scared, too.
Anti-abortion advocates described Monday’s ruling by the court as leaving open a door to unsafe abortions.
Heather Wininger from WI Right to Life told reporters:
“In effect, the Supreme Court has decided that the abortion industry will continue to reign unchecked as mothers are subjected to subpar conditions, not only in Texas and Wisconsin, but around the country.”
She then vowed to “continue our work to offer hope to women” who prefer illegal abortions or being forced to carry their future pregnancies to term. And thanks to the Texas abortion ruling, these so-called “right-to-life” groups have got their work cut out for them.
The Texas abortion ruling could topple restrictions on clinics in 26 other states.
As it turns out, 26 other states have also passed similar laws that restrict access to safe and legal abortions. Drafted by the anti-choice group, Americans United for Life (AUL), these laws supposedly impose costly standards on women’s health clinics to protect women from harm. In practice, they cause clinics to either stop providing abortions or to shut down entirely.
According to Vox 11 states have passed laws that require hospital admitting privileges for abortion clinics. TX, UT, ND, MS and TN have had these laws in effect. WI, KS, OK, LA, MO, and AL also have these laws on the books but not in effect due to court challenges.
In addition, 24 states require abortion clinics to meet same (and unnecessary) strict standards required for surgical centers. These include AL, AZ, AK, CT, FL, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, and VA.
Watch: NBC reports on the US Supreme Court’s Texas abortion ruling.
This is a fine example of the US Supreme Court doing its job: Protecting Americans from unjust laws that seek to take citizens’ rights away from them.
BREAKING: @NBCNews Special Report:
US Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion restrictions law. https://t.co/8n2uKqH3gn
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) June 27, 2016
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