Washington, D.C. — In an important victory for women and their families across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt that Texas’ anti-choice laws targeting abortion providers are unconstitutional. The Court ruled 5-3 that the provisions of Texas’ anti-choice law violate the U.S. Constitution. Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Today’s Supreme Court ruling reaffirms every woman’s constitutional right to decide the course of her own future—no matter where she lives. The Supreme Court saw through Texas politicians’ attempts to end access to safe abortion care in Texas by closing down clinics and restricting the availability of comprehensive reproductive health care to just a wealthy few. These false health justifications were found to be an unacceptable barrier to a woman exercising her constitutional right to choose.
This is a critical moment for women and families across this country. But while today’s Supreme Court ruling represents an affirmation of women’s constitutional rights, far too many women and their families continue to face significant obstacles in accessing reproductive health care. By rejecting Texas politicians’ flimsy health justifications for a law intended to end safe abortion care in the state, the Court sends a strong signal that we must reject similar efforts by politicians to interfere with medical decision-making to the detriment of women’s health.
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