On Friday, the United States Supreme Court said they will hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, the case against Texas’ dangerous law that has shuttered abortion clinics across the state.
Since the Texas law being challenged first went into effect in 2013, over half of the abortion clinics in their state have been forced to close. If the law is allowed to go into full effect, only 10 clinics will remain in Texas—a state with 5.4 million women of reproductive age.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision:
“It is clear that there has been a coordinated national campaign by anti-choice politicians, like Governor John Kasich, to enact laws to shut down quality abortion clinics. Just like in Texas, Ohio has lost half of our abortion providers and women are being forced to cross state lines or delay access to care.
“Access to health care should not depend on a person’s income, where they live or their ability to travel to another state. It’s time for the Supreme Court to protect the fundamental rights it has recognized time and again. It is time for them to send a clear message that these dangerous laws create an undue burden on a woman seeking an abortion.”
The coalition of abortion providers bringing the case to the Supreme Court is challenging provisions of the Texas law that mandate that all abortion clinics meet mini-hospital standards—which requires unnecessary and expensive building renovations including widening hallways and adding in locker rooms—and give hospital boards veto power over which clinics are able to provide abortion care.
The American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other national health care experts are united in opposing Texas’ HB 2.
A recent study from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) reveals that the widespread abortion clinic closures as a result of HB 2 are substantially increasing wait times for abortions, pushing people seeking abortion care later into their pregnancies and making the procedure more difficult for them to afford. Wait times at clinics in Austin and Fort Worth exceed 20 days and will likely increase if more clinics are forced to close.
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