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Left shamefully celebrates huge abortion victory: Supreme Court rules against standards on clinics

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The Supreme Court struck down two parts of a Texas law that would have required abortion clinics to meet similar standards to other surgical centers.

The justices in the majority decision, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy, said that the law presented a “substantial obstacle in the path of women” looking to get an abortions and that neither part “offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes,” according to The Hill.

The ruling tosses out a previous decision by an appellate court, which abortion rights activists warned would have sweeping implications for millions of women in Texas.

“Today women across the nation have had their constitutional rights vindicated. The Supreme Court sent a loud and clear message that politicians cannot use deceptive means to shut down abortion clinics,” the Center for Reproductive Rights, the group that filed the lawsuit, wrote in a statement.

If the ruling had been upheld, the number of abortion clinics in Texas would have shrunk to about 10 from more than 40 before the law, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Abortion rights activists sued Texas after its GOP-controlled legislature passed a strict law in 2013, arguing it violated a woman’s right to an abortion under federal law.

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Carmine Sabia


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