Texas House Bill 2, signed into law in 2013, forbid elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The law also required doctors performing abortions to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location at which an abortion was to be performed. Today's 5-3 ruling on Whole Woman's Health et al. v. Hellerstedt declared that the law placed an undue burden on women seeking abortions. The Supreme Court's majority opinion concluded that "neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access ... and each violates the Federal Constitution."
Naturally, anti-abortion activists are unhappy about the ruling, insisting that it will harm women. Pro-choice activists would argue that if the Religious Right truly wanted safe health care for women, they would ensure safe, affordable, accessible abortion services for all women. Below is a sample of Religious Right tweets that were posted in response to the ruling.
Today's #SCOTUS ruling is a loss for women, but we will not stop fighting for them. Status-quo is not good enough. pic.twitter.com/Wp3wEst5Rs— FRC (@FRCdc) June 27, 2016
It’s tragic and unjust that SCOTUS refuses to acknowledge abortion as a violent act against women and a human rights abuse against children.— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) June 27, 2016
Only with a #ProLife Congress & White House can we address the havoc wrought by #SCOTUS on America’s unborn children & their mothers— Susan B Anthony List (@SBAList) June 27, 2016
After the tragic decision at SCOTUS, it is time for the pro-life community to engage in the public square with even more passion! #prolife— Rev. Patrick Mahoney (@revmahoney) June 27, 2016
#SCOTUS was wrong to strike down a reasonable law that protected women from unsafe abortion facilities like Kermit Gosnell’s deadly clinic.— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) June 27, 2016
“The personhood & dignity of the unborn are not political wedge issues; they are essential human rights.” - @drmoore pic.twitter.com/EIsPQ74AUc— ERLC (@ERLC) June 27, 2016
The abortion industry is not able or willing to police itself & allows filthy, deplorable conditions to go unchecked pic.twitter.com/tXDm08ZVQ5— Right to Life (@nrlc) June 27, 2016