US Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Rights

The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a Texas abortion law violates a woman’s right to seek an abortion.

The 5-3 ruling in the case, with conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the court's liberal members, maintained that Texas’s law of 2013 “placed an undue burden on women exercising their right under the US Constitution to end a pregnancy,” as established under Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Texas’s law required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and required abortion clinics to feature hospital-grade facilities. Challengers to the law said it was medically unnecessary and designed to close clinics.

Getting to the heart of what the ruling will mean for abortion providers in Texas, Olga Khazan for The Atlantic explains that legal permission to stay open is just the beginning. She describes how clinics in Odessa and Midland, Texas, struggled to stay open even before the laws the Supreme Court struck down yesterday went into effect.

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