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The Supreme Court on Monday voted to threw out a Texas abortion access law, CNN reports, which means a victory of the supporters of the abortion rights. The justices of the court ruled 5-3 in favor of the abortion clinics and could demotivate other states of passing so-called “clinic shutdown” laws. A vote of the perennial vote by Justice Anthony Kennedy together with the votes of the liberal justices, helped for the victory of the abortion-rights activists.
The ruling was a signal that the majority in the court on this issue could remain regardless the presidential election and the filling of the empty seat after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. This decision means that even if the Republicans were to name that replacement, “the court still has a five-justice majority that could rule against abortion restrictions. And if Hillary Clinton were to win, the majority could even grow,” CNN adds. Hilary Clinton supported the Supreme Court decision on the twitter account.
“SCOTUS’s decision is a victory for women in Texas and across America. Safe abortion should be a right—not just on paper, but in reality. -H” stated.
President Barack Obama and the White House expressed satisfaction with the decision, promising commitments to affordable health care for women. “We remain strongly committed to the protection of women’s health, including protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her right to determine her own future, the President said.
But, not all expressed nice words for the ruling. Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott said, “the decision erodes
States’ lawmaking authority to safeguard the health and safety of women and subjects more innocent life to being lost,” the Republican governor said in a statement. “Texas’ goal is to protect innocent life, while ensuring the highest health and safety standards for women.” “I’m disappointed in the Court’s decision. But our fight to protect women’s health & promote life will not stop here,” House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted.
Protesters were outside the court and Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, told CNN that the electoral fight would extend from the race for the White House, to the races in statehouses throughout the nation. “I think it’s a wake-up call to most Americans who value freedom, who value dignity that we need to get out and make our voices heard against a vocal minority, especially in November,” Hogue said. “It’s not just at the top of the ticket, but at the statehouse, too.”
The New York Times editorial board in the article A major victory for abortion right said, “While the decision was unquestionably correct, the vote should have been unanimous. The 2013 Texas law — which forced abortion clinics and their doctors to meet absurd, pointlessly strict medical standards — was the textbook definition of what the court had prohibited in a major 1992 ruling on abortion: “unnecessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion.”