These are crazy times we live in: Trump is a contender for POTUS, the UK voted to leave the EU…but amid all that madness, a bit of sanity prevails: in Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Texas law restricting abortion placed undue burdens on abortion clinics by 1) requiring the clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and 2) requiring that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
In the majority opinion, Justice Stephen G. Breyer said “neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the Federal Constitution.”
The court’s decision will affect similar laws in twelve other states by upholding the Court’s 1992 standard for assessing abortion limits: state laws cannot create an “undue burden” on a woman’s constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy before the fetus attains viability. (via)