[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a 5 – 4 decision, the Supreme Court overrules the State of Texas and what was lawfully passed in the state legislature regarding abortion rules. The Lone Star state’s new regulations required abortion clinics to have admitting privileges to hospitals. It also required abortion facilities to be set up like surgical centers. These new regulations would have forced the closure of 10 abortion clinics in the state, roughly half of what remains in the state. So, the Supreme Court stepped in to stop it, at least for now.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The abortion clinics in question appealed a ruling from a federal court who upheld the new regulations and refused to allow the facilities to remain open while they appealed to the Supreme Court.
According to the Texas Tribune, these regulations were set to go into effect this week.
Abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013 — and set to go into effect Wednesday — would have required Texas’ abortion facilities to meet hospital-like standards, including minimum sizes for rooms and doorways, pipelines for anesthesia and other infrastructure. Only a handful of Texas abortion clinics — all in major metropolitan areas — meet those standards.
If SCOTUS decides to conduct a full hearing and rule on the Texas abortion regulations, it would be the largest abortion case for the Supreme Court in 25 years.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas all sided with Texas in allowing them to move ahead with their abortion industry regulations.
Siding with the abortion providers were Justices Anthony Kennedy, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]