Posted on June 27, 2016 Issues: Abortion Health Care & Reproductive Rights

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-3 decision, in favor of Whole Woman’s Health, overturning Texas’s clinic shutdown law, known as H.B. 2, which imposes medically unnecessary, burdensome requirements on abortion providers and clinics, under the guise of protecting women’s health.

The decision in the high-stakes Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case means that states can no longer skirt constitutional protections by imposing extreme requirements that clinics cannot comply with, causing them to close and making it virtually impossible for women to get an abortion.

The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center:

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is an enormous win for women in Texas and a powerful reaffirmation of the constitutional right of women in every state to make their own decisions about their health, families, and futures. The Court has told Texas politicians that they cannot make an end-run around women’s legal right to an abortion by passing laws that falsely claim to protect women but actually shut down abortion facilities. The ruling will allow clinics in Texas to keep serving women and new clinics to open in underserved areas without Texas politicians standing between women and their health care.

“This ruling also sends a strong message to all states that erecting huge barriers to abortion is unconstitutional, plain and simple.  We will continue to vigorously challenge these dangerous efforts to deny women safe, legal access to abortion care, rob them of their dignity, and threaten their economic security and futures.”

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Contact: Olympia Feil (ofeil@nwlc.org); 202-588-5180

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