Saturday, October 01, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Backs Abortion Rights for Women, Other States to Follow?

Texas Supreme Court Backs Abortion Rights for Women, Other States to Follow?

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The United States Supreme Court has given its decision on Monday in favor of Texas abortion rights for women, which is one of the most important rulings of the court in the past 20 years.

The abortion rights activists have argued that if the decision would go against the abortion laws, it would lead to the closure of several clinics with only a few remaining opened in the state. According to CNN, following the court’s verdict, other states of the nation will also hesitate passing “clinic shutdown” laws. Twitter witnessed a wave of surprising responses regarding the judgment. The supporters of women’s reproductive freedom expressed a sense of relief after the verdict.

“SCOTUS finishes what @wendydavis started!!! https://t.co/sZIuquyRwD,” a Twitter user Sabrina Shulman (@SabrinaShulman) commented.

“WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!The burden is undue!!!! #KeepClinicsOpen is haaaaapening  #StopTheSham   #HB2#SCOTUS  pic.twitter.com/uVJV24Vi0n,” another commenter Kate Thomas (@KateThomas) wrote.

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the verdict in favor of the majority, which was supported by Justice Anthony Kennedy. The verdict, Breyer stated, was given keeping in mind the health of any woman and help them seek abortions when they are not ready to shoulder a responsibility.

“There was no significant health-related problem that the new law helped to cure,” Breyer wrote. “We agree with the District Court that the surgical center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an “undue burden” on their constitutional right to do so.”

The decision is said to have a significant impact on the US elections 2016. This is evident from US Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s participation in the series of tweets. She commented in favor of the abortion rights given to women. The presidential candidate praised the decision of SCOTUS. “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,” Clinton (@HillaryClinton) tweeted on Monday.

President Barack Obama also expressed his support for the verdict and said he was “pleased” by the SCOTUS ruling. “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.