Supreme Court throws out Texas abortion access law

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled, by a 5-3 decision, to strike down restrictions in Texas on abortion that could have reduced the number of abortion clinics to a more than 50 percent reduction closing, forcing more than three-quarters of the state’s clinics to shut down.  

According to multiple sources, the Supreme Court struck as unconstitutional part of restrictive statute in Texas that has threatened half of the state’s remaining abortion clinics and denying women the right to a safe abortion.

Judge Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion on the two Texas laws at issue in the case and said they are unconstitutional.

Advocates for pro-choice can be seen outside of the Supreme Court where justice is weighing on restrictions of abortion that Texas must follow. Some, including the Center for Reproductive Rights, called the law “an absolute sham,” arguing abortion patients simply take two pills and rarely require hospitalization.

Texas defended restrictions saying that states have discretion to pass laws in areas where medical and scientific uncertainty could be a problem and the state said the law was passed to help ensure patient safety and raise standard of care.

This decision on the law means similar restrictions in other states are more than likely unconstitutional as well and relate to many other types of restrictions.

Provisions of the law require all clinics in the state to meet standards for ambulatory surgical centers, regulations concerning building, equipment and staffing, for their facilities to meet hospital-like standards and to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.