U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion restrictions

Abortion rights advocates are declaring a victory today after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down (in a 5-3 ruling) Texas abortion restrictions that required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The Texas rules also required that clinics must meet hospital-like standards, prompting several clinics in the Lone Star State to shutter their doors.

In writing for the majority, Justice Stephen G. Breyer noted that such restrictions “provide few if any health benefits for women, pose a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions and constitutes a, ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so.”

Read the full opinion in  Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt here.

Here’s reaction to the opinion from social media:

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