This week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt that: (i) abortion is still legal in all 50 states; (ii) the Undue Burden test still remains the legal standard to determine whether or not a state has gone too far in regulating a woman's right to choose an abortion; and (iii) Texas' law, which would have effectively reduced the number of abortion clinics down to about 20 state-wide, most definitely imposed an "Undue Burden" on a woman's right to choose.
Per NY Times:
The decision concerned two parts of a law that imposed strict requirements on abortion providers in Texas signed into law in July 2013 by Rick Perry, the governor at the time.One required all clinics in the state to meet the standards for ambulatory surgical centers, including regulations concerning buildings, equipment and staffing. The other required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.“We conclude,” Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote for the majority, “that 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 previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the federal Constitution.”Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined the majority opinion. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. dissented.
What are your thoughts on the Court's abortion rulings?