The United States Supreme Court restrained Texas on Monday from enforcing new restrictions on clinics providing an abortion procedure, news said. The supposed restrictions, had Texas been allowed, would have forced such clinics to close down.
The State of Texas planned on implementing a policy that would require doctors, before they can perform abortion, to have admitting privileges at the hospitals and for clinics to be equipped with facilities similar to those used in surgical centers.
Antagonists to such law commented that had the Supreme Court ruled otherwise, it would have left Texas with 9 abortion clinics. Before the law took effect in 2013, Texas had 41 abortion clinics. Today, it only has 19. Five of the Justices ruled in favor of the emergency appeal lodged by clinics after the Federal Appeals Court upheld earlier the new regulations.
But the Supreme Court decision would have its effect until it has decided on the propriety of hearing the abortion clinics’ appeal from the lower court’s ruling. Fox News reports that the Supreme Court’s order indicated that the Justices would have a full hearing of the appeal, making it the country’s biggest abortion case in almost 25 years.
It was also reported that should the Court steps in, the hearing and its ruling would be held during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The rule requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges is already being implemented in some states. Lawyer Stephanie Toti, counsel for the abortion clinics, said some clinics that closed because the doctors did not have the admitting privileges might open again.
But while operators of abortion clinics were joyful of the Supreme Court’s order, a few of the law’s supporters were dismayed.
“Women and babies are being denied protections with the Supreme Court blocking pro-life legislation,” Fox News quoted Lila Rose, representative of Live Action.
Some civil rights group say the measure has only one goal — to make it more difficult for women to have their babies aborted in Texas. Advocates maintain the regulation was only to ensure protection to women. Governor Greg Abbott defended the law, saying it was “a constitutional exercise of Texas’ lawmaking authority,” LA Times reports.