Although election talk had people thinking most important court issues in the U.S. would not be settled until a new president is pchosen, the Supreme Court wasn’t willing to wait.
It has voted 5-3 to overturn a Texas anti-abortion ruling. Media and abortion rights’ activists are saying it ends the argument on abortion for ever.
Many states like Texas had been scraping away at abortion rights guaranteed in Roe v Wade in 1973. It essentially held that interfering with a woman’s right to an abortion would interfere with her right to privacy.
Because Texas and other states couldn’t take away the basic right, they sought to make it more difficult.
It used a common trick. State law restrict abortions to top of the line hospitals with the kind of equipment needed to perform major surgery.
That left a state like Texas, with a population of 27 million, with only 19 abortion facilities and ten of them were scheduled to close, the Daily Beast reported.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that this “places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking a previability abortion.”
Many medical experts had testified that the vast majority of abortions did not require trauma 1 level care.
The headline in the Beast said: “Supreme Court’s Texas Decision is the Greatest Victory for Abortion Rights Since Roe v. Wade.”
In the first case the court held that the right of privacy in the 14th Amendment guaranteed women the right to an abortion.
The Washington Post said the latest ruling was made because the Texas law was using “unnecessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion.”
Stephanie Schriock, president of the pro abortion group EMILY’s List, called the decision “a victory for women everywhere, reaffirming our right to make our own reproductive health care decisions no matter where we live.”
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