The Supreme Court Made An Important Decision About Abortion
The Supreme Court has made an important decision today affecting access to abortion. According to CNN, the Supreme Court (in a 5-3 ruling) decided in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt against a Texas abortion law, which critics argue reduced women's access to abortions.
According to the 2013 law, known as H.B. 2, doctors performing abortions would need to have local admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and abortion clinics would need to upgrade their facilities to hospital-like standards. Those in favor of the law cited the need for safe abortions while those against said it greatly reduced the number of clinics available to women (in a state with 5.4 million women of reproductive age).
According to CNN, the decision is the most "significant decision from the Supreme Court on abortion in two decades." The President spoke out in favor of 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."
Politico explains that the ruling will have a nationwide impact. "The ruling marked the first time in 15 years that the court weighed in on state restrictions on abortion providers and facilities," the site states. The ruling may have a hand in existing lawsuits filed to close clinics in Wisconsin, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Oklahoma.