BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court dramatically strikes down restrictive Texas abortion law – and Scalia’s death would NOT have changed ruling

Monday, June 27, 2016
By Paul Martin

Texas law required clinics to meet hospital-style standards
Doctors had to be admitted to practice at nearby hospitals
Biggest court action on abortion in years
Ruling was 5-3
Justice Anthony Kennedy joined four liberal justices

27 June 2016

In a stunning victory for supporters of abortion rights, the Supreme Court on Monday struck down a restrictive Texas abortion law
The 2013 law requires doctors who perform abortions to be admitted to practice at nearby hospitals and requires abortion clinics to meet hospital style standards.

Since it’s passage, the number of abortion clinics has dropped by half, to 19 from 42 for the entire state.

The decision was 5-3, meaning the outcome would have been the same even if Justice Antonin Scalia were still alive.

Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the court’s four liberals to argue that the restrictions violated a woman’s right to an abortion, as established in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

The court has been operating with only eight members since Scalia’s death. President Obama’s replacement, judge Merrick Garland, hasn’t gotten a hearing in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Hundreds gathered outside the Supreme Court Monday in anticipation of the ruling.

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