The Supreme Court delivered a win for abortion rights activists with a 5-3 decision that makes abortions in Texas more accessible. The decision ruled that the Texas law that put certain restrictions on clinics, such as requiring clinics to meet the standards of surgery centers, would be an “undue burden” for women in the state.
In the majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote:
“Neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the federal Constitution.”
In a strong dissenting opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote about the potential judicial precedent the decision set.
“The Court's patent refusal to apply well-established law in a neutral way is indefensible and will undermine public confidence in the Court as a fair and neutral arbiter”
The decision will allow more Texas abortion clinics to stay open due to the decrease of regulations that a clinic must comply with and also sets a precedent for similar cases in different states. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted shortly after the decision:
Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted out his dissatisfaction with the decision: