Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law | NBC News



good morning everyone this is an NBC News special report just moments ago the Supreme Court handed down its decision on a challenge to one of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams is outside the court people are calling this the most significant ruling on abortion in 25 years Pete what happened this is a very big win for advocates of abortion rights the Supreme Court by a 5 to 3 vote has struck down what was arguably the toughest abortion law in the country this was a Texas law that said abortion clinics had to have bid be built to architectural standards that were the same as walk-in surgical centers and also said the doctors had to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals when the law was passed the number of abortion clinics in Texas went from 42 to 19 a more than 50% reduction and the advocates said if this law remained on the books the total number of clinics in the state would go to 10 now it's a big deal for Texas but there are a dozen states a dozen other states that had laws similar to this so they are now in big legal jeopardy – some of them were on hold waiting for the Supreme Court's decision here is why this was a very big deal after trying for years to figure out some way to rollback the abortion right in Roe vs. Wade the opponents of abortion came up with this new method instead of restricting the options for the woman for the patient on waiting periods or having to have counseling or limiting when it was available they tried a new tack and directed their attention instead at the clinics themselves the state passed this law known as HB 2 with a very controversial vote the state said it was necessary to protect women's health but the opponents of the law said it was a pretext it was nothing more than an attempt to make abortion more difficult to get and a decisive win the Supreme Court by a 5 to 3 vote struck the law down and peed in the past the court has said that states can't put an undue burden on women seeking an abortion but they hadn't defined what an undue burden was they've now done that more carefully well the the the appeals court here set a very low bar you're right the the the rule here for a well over a quarter of a century has been the states can restrict abortion as long as it's not an undue burden on a woman's right to choose what the appeals court here said is don't courts don't look very closely at that if the legislature comes up with a rational basis that's good enough close your eyes and accept that in the Supreme Court said no that's not the analysis not as we've said it is a major ruling on abortion Pete Williams that the Supreme Court as always thank you very much we're gonna have more right now on MSNBC and NBC News com and of course more tonight on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt we will return most of you to more of today I'm Matt Lauer this has been an NBC News special report NBC News fans thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching

11 Replies to “Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law | NBC News”

  1. We love are supreme Court! Love them, love them. TEXAS lose when they could have won easily but they didn't. SAD!

  2. This ruling once again shows how rigidly partisan and politically self-serving Republicans on the Court are. What strikes me about the decision is not that they got it right for a change, but that three members of the court continue to back the Republican project at the expense of the reputation of the Court as an arbiter of the nation's most divisive issues.

    This law was so blatantly dishonest and cynical that Justice Kennedy summoned the conscience to join Democrats to strike it down. Like voter ID this law was not intended to do what proponents stated, it was intended to make access to abortion difficult and expensive by imposing medically unnecessary regulations on abortion providers.

  3. Bravo! 👏 If women start registering their uteri as corporations, perhaps the GOP and conservatives will stop interfering with and regulating them.

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