July 1, 2016
On Monday in a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down two provisions of a lawregulating abortion clinics in Texas. With this Supreme Court decision, doctors are now no longer required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic. Secondly, abortion centers are no longer required to meet the same safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers, which perform much more complex procedures. The court ruled both provisions unconstitutional, citing that the regulations placed undue burden on women. This ruling will keep abortion clinics open in Texas and calls into question similar laws in nearly two-dozen states.