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Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Challenge on Abortion Access

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear an abortion case which will set the stage for abortion discussion in the upcoming election.

The landmark case comes out of Texas and is the first time in eight years that the Supreme Court will decide a case that affects abortion rights.

“Today the Supreme Court took an important step toward restoring the constitutional rights of millions of women, which Texas politicians have spent years dismantling through deceptive laws and regulatory red tape,” stated Nancy Northup, current CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The Hill reports:

The Center for Reproductive Rights — as well as other abortion rights supporters — argue that the law has created barriers to abortion that violate the court’s last landmark abortion case, Roe v. Wade.

Already, more than half of the state’s clinics have closed because doctors cannot meet new regulations under the law. The regulations are considered the be the strictest in the country.

There are now 18 clinics left in Texas, down from 40 in 2013.

The law was signed by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2013, drawing national attention after then-state Sen. Wendy Davis, later a gubernatorial candidate, staged a marathon 11-hour filibuster.

The case specifically challenges two parts of the law. One says abortions can only be performed at hospital-like ambulatory service centers, which have strict structural standards. The other requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The case does not challenge other controversial parts of the law, such as the 20-week ban on abortions, which would remain standing.

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