Monday morning, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that a Texas law placing regulations on abortion clinics was unconstitutional. This law was passed in 2013 and gave doctors providing abortions admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and required abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers.

The court’s decision will affect not only Texas, but 12 other states with similar laws, some of which have been placed on hold. Critics of the vote explain that this decision infringes upon states rights, while supporters claim regulation of clinics places an undue burden onto a woman seeking to terminate her pregnancy.

Though the law has been struck down, no legal precedent has been set which leaves no clarity for states seeking to enact safety guidelines for abortion clinics. When a ninth court justice is sworn in to replace the late Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court may consider new arguments for this case. This is the biggest abortion decision made by the SCOTUS in 20 years and raises the stakes for 2016.

Danielle B
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Danielle is a conservative political consultant who aides organizations in communicating their big ideas and empowering leaders. She works with a multitude of organizations, most notably including the American Conservation Coalition, OUTSET Network, and Future Female Leaders. Danielle can't explain why she doesn't need feminism, she's too busy succeeding without it. She likes coffee, capitalism, and proving people wrong.

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