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U.S. Supreme Court – Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

In its most recent session, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed many issues. One of the most contentious of these is abortion and the legislative trend in many states to regulate it.

U.S. Supreme Court – Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

In a five-to-three vote, Justices John Roberts (Chief), Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas dissenting, the Court declared two provisions of a Texas abortion law unconstitutional. This law, which you may recall was filibustered by State Senator Wendy Davis, “required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and it required the clinics to comply with several hospital-level standards.”

While proponents argued that the bill was intended to protect women’s health and safety, it actually reduced by half the number of facilities providing services. The Court, in a majority led by Justice Stephen Breyer, ruled against the law, stating that it “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.”

This decision will effectively rule out the inclusion of similar provisions in the legislation of other states.

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Click here to access a PDF of the Supreme Court’s opinion.