Major Abortion Case Before the Supreme Court

Today, the US Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the same building codes as ambulatory surgical centers, and requiring clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Texas maintains the law is designed to protect women’s health, a claim that Whole Women’s Health, the petitioner in the case, rejects—adding that it imposes a costly burden that will force many abortion clinics to close.

Part of the argument from Texas officials is that complication rates are underestimated. Stat’s Megan Thielking explored that question, and explains why complication rates are so hard to track.


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