- The Supreme Court today knocked down a Texas Law that regulated abortion clinics.
- In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court voted today getting ride of Texas House Bill 2.
- President Obama came out with a statement saying that he was very “pleased” by the decision.
- Even Hillary took the chance to use it as ammunition to her “women” vote campaign.
The Supreme Court took its first steps into the world of the abortion debate today, their first time in nine years. The Texas House Bill 2, a bill that regulates abortion clinics, was defeated today in a 5-3 decision.
The majority opinion of the court was decided by Justices Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayer and Elena Kagan. The opposing vote was cast by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alto and Clarence Thomas.
Stephen Breyer said, “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.”
Even President Obama released a statement saying that he was “pleased” by the decision.
President Obama went on to say, “As the brief filed by the Solicitor General makes clear and as the Court affirmed today, these restrictions harm women’s health and place an unconstitutional obstacle in the path of a woman’s reproductive freedom. We remain strongly committed to the protection of women’s health, including protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her right to determine her own future.”
However, President Obama wasn’t the only political figure that came forward to praise the Supreme Court for their decision. Hillary Clinton, in a series of tweets, could say nothing but wonderful things for the vote, saying it was a “victory for women.”
One of her tweets read: “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.”
The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, did not share the same excitement as Hillary or President Obama. He released a statement today that showed his disapproval of the decision.
“The decision erodes States’ lawmaking authority to safeguard the health and safety of women and subjects more innocent life to being lost. Texas’ goal is to protect innocent life, while ensuring the highest health and safety standards for women.” Texas Governor, Greg Abbot said Monday.
The bill started when abortion clinics in Texas started to challenge a law, that was passed in 2013, that cut the abortion providers in half. Less than 10 abortion providers would have remained open if the law was passed. The fight went as far as having The Center for Reproductive Rights sue the state of Texas, over the restrictions on abortion clinics.
The law, in basic terms, would require abortion clinics to be run like hospitals, as well as be regulated like them. Meaning doctors who would be performing the abortions had to get the privilege from nearby hospitals before performing the procedures. One side of the coin said that it would increase the safety and health of women who wished to get the procedure down, whereas others said it made it nearly impossible to even run a clinic.
Activists flooded the outside of the Supreme Court on Monday, awaiting the ruling on the law. Some chanted, some held signs, some played Madonna’s “Like A Virgin.”
Abortion has always been a hot button topic and today the Supreme Court not only stepped into the realm of the abortion debate, but they also made a large community in Texas very upset.