If you haven’t already heard, the big news today is that the Supreme Court struck down HB2, the harsh abortion restrictions out of Texas that have been demanding attention for the last three years. If you somehow missed out on hearing about the controversy over HB2, our friends at LawNewz explained it pretty thoroughly like this:
The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, is about a 2013 Texas state law that placed two new restrictions on abortion clinics. One says that abortion clinics needs to be up to the same standards as surgical facilities, and the other requires doctors who perform abortions at clinics to be able to admit patients to hospitals.
The controversy over the law is that the restrictions place a significant burden on clinics, which would have to shut down if they could not comply. That could result in there being far fewer clinics for women to go to, with many living more than 150 miles from the nearest clinic. Wait lists for appointments could also increase by several weeks, and Texas law already bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Hillary Clinton, too, made her opinion on it very clear. As soon as the ruling came down today, she issued these tweets:
This fight isn’t over: The next president has to protect women’s health. Women won’t be “punished” for exercising their basic rights. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 27, 2016
Now, she and Elizabeth Warren are giving a joint campaign speech in Ohio.
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