The U.S. Supreme Court had been debating a Texas law regulating abortion, a law so strict that it would’ve forced three quarters of the state’s abortion clinics out of business.The law was passed in 2013, and required abortion clinics meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers. Abortion doctors were also required to have admitting privileges at neighboring hospitals. Thus far the law already reduced the number of clinics that provided abortions from 42 to 19, and was expected to fall further in absence of a favorable Supreme Court decision.
FOX News reports:The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas law regulating abortion clinics, delivering a 5-3 decision that was the high court’s first major foray into the abortion issue in nine years.
Those reading tea leaves pointed to a decision in the case a year ago, when the court gave a temporary 5-4 victory to the clinics, allowing them to remain fully operational while the Texas law was appealed. One of the dissenters, Justice Antonin Scalia, died in February and has not yet been replaced on the court. Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy voted with the four liberal members of the court to issue that order.
With the ruling, the eight-person court avoided yet another split decision after twice tying on Thursday in the aftermath of Scalia’s death. President Obama’s nominee to fill Scalia’s seat, Judge Merrick Garland, waits in limbo as the Republican-controlled senate has refused to give him a hearing or vote during an election year.Naturally, Hillary Clinton celebrated the victory within minutes of the decision.
SCOTUS's decision is a victory for women in Texas and across America. Safe abortion should be a right—not just on paper, but in reality. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 27, 2016
This fight isn't over: The next president has to protect women's health. Women won't be "punished" for exercising their basic rights. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 27, 2016
Precedent was set from a Supreme Court ruling on abortion limits back in 1992, when it ruled state laws cannot create an “undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy before the fetus attains viability.”Weird, I must’ve missed that section on abortion in the Constitution.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]