On Monday, in a five to three decision, the Supreme Court reversed the Fifth Circuit court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt. The Court ruled that Texas’s HB2, an omnibus abortion bill that restricted access to reproductive services, is unconstitutional. Justice Breyer wrote the majority opinion.
Thank fucking god.
Hellerstedt was a challenge to the 2013 Texas law HB2. The omnibus bill—passed despite Wendy Davis’ filibuster and protests by Texas women—imposed two primary requirements on abortion clinics. First, the law requires that clinics meet the same standards as an “ambulatory surgical center,” a medical facility that performs low-risk surgery. Second, that any physician performing abortions must have “admitting privileges” at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.