Monday, June 27, 2016

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Law Restricting Abortion Access

Today was an exciting day for reproductive rights. According to Reuters, the Supreme Court struck down a 2013 Texas law that imposed strict regulations on abortion clinics.

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.


  1. The blatant dishonesty that is evident in most of these tweets is what really shocks me. Pretending they care about the health of the woman is beyond the pale.

    1. Agi Tater -- Many anti-abortion voices claim that they're acting in the best interest of women, but we all know that's a crock. How gullible do they think we are?


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