The Supreme Court just overruled the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that imposed strict regulations on doctors and facilities that facilitated abortions. This has been an ongoing fight for human rights in Texas for over three years.
— Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) June 27, 2016
“There was no significant health-related problem that the new law helped to cure,”Justice Stephen Breyer wrote. “We agree with the District Court that the surgical-center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, 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.”
The 5-3 ruling, created by Republicans in 2013, had been an unnecessary burden on women who were exercising their right under the U.S. Constitution, under Roe v. Wade, to end a pregnancy.
“The decision should send a loud signal to politicians that they can no longer hide behind sham rationales to shut down clinics and prevent a woman who has decided to end a pregnancy from getting the care she needs,” said Jennifer Dalven, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union.