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Texas Abortion Ruling: Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Restrictions

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 03:05 PM

Texas abortion clinics may continue to stay open for the time being after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked portions of a state law on Monday that would have led to the closing of more than half of the state’s remaining clinics.

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to grant emergency appeal to the abortion providers while it decides whether or not to hear the clinics’ appeal of the lower court ruling this fall, according to The Associated Press. If the Court does decide to hear the appeal, it would make for the biggest abortion case to hit the Supreme Court in nearly 25 years.

Pro-choice advocates say that the 2013 Texas law in question holds two provisions that have caused more than 75 percent of state-wide abortion clinics to shut down because of the stringent Ambulatory Surgical Care requirement that would force clinics to upgrade their facilities to meet hospital standards, according to CNN.

At the time of the law’s enactment, 41 licensed abortion providers existed throughout the state. Now, only 19 facilities remain, and that number could drop to nine if the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling is not put on hold, according to CNN.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton beseeched the justices to allow the 2013 law to go completely into effect because it “protects women’s health,” he argued, according to CNN.

“HB 2 ensures abortion clinics and doctors meet basic health standards if they choose to operate their businesses in Texas,” Paxton said in a statement, according to CNN. “Today's delay subjects Texas women to substandard care all to the benefit of the abortion industry's bottom line.”

Both supporters and critics of the Texas law find grounds for ulterior motives in the law’s provisions. Proponents hold that the law was drafted to protect women’s health and provide them with the best care possible, whereas opponents of the law see it as a ruse to deny access to abortion for women across the state, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Texas abortion clinics may continue to stay open for the time being after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked portions of a state law on Monday that would have led to the closing of more than half of the state’s remaining clinics.
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