Schneiderman Hails Supreme Court Ruling In Texas Abortion Case
June 30, 2016
As published on State of Politics on June 27, 2016.
A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a Texas measure that could have led to the closure of dozens of abortion clinics in the state was hailed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a statement.
The ruling released on Monday in a 5-3 decision is being considered by advocates on both sides of the abortion debate as one of the most consequential in a generation from the high court.
Schneiderman had previously submitted a friend-of-the-court brief along with 13 other states and the District of Columbia in opposing the Texas law, which could have reduced the number of facilities providing abortion services in the state from 41 to 10.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision striking down Texas’s unconstitutional and disingenuous abortion restrictions is a landmark victory for women’s health and definitively rejects the state of Texas’s spurious claims that their draconian restrictions protected women’s health,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
“This ruling, the most significant abortion decision in a generation, puts states on notice that they cannot adopt restrictions that unduly burden or deny a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.”
The Texas regulations governing buildings, equipment and staffing, as well as requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, have already been credited with the closure of half the clinics in the state.