When the Republican-controlled state of Texas passed its most stringent abortions restrictions, there was a 15 percent drop in the number of abortions in the law’s first year. A true indicator of how hard it was to get an abortion in the second-largest U.S. state after the law’s implementation.
The health department was able to finally release the statistics after constant delays the agency said was due to the inability to finalize the information. The American Civil Liberties Union accused officials of hiding the data.
The data showed a drop among Hispanics and women who underwent medically-induced abortions.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Texas law imposing the tough standards on abortion clinics was not constitutional. It would have led to an undue burden on women that needed an abortion.
In a 5-3 vote, the Fifth Circuit decision to uphold the Texas law was overturned. The Supreme Court’s judgment ensures that women still have the right to choose. Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer came up with the opinion. Conservative Justice Kennedy took the Liberals’ side, offering the fifth essential vote. While conservative, Kennedy didn’t want to strike the Roe v. Wade down – an important hallmark case that provided women with the right to an abortion.
Since 2008, the amount of abortions that occurred in Texas dropped each year, by almost a third since that time. In 2014, there were less than 55,000 abortions carried out, compared to 64,000 the year before and 81,600 in 2008.
According to the Associated Press, fewer and fewer abortions have been performed since 2010… not just in liberal states but conservative states as well.
Any states with laws that resemble the Texas law will also be affected by the Supreme Court decision. President Obama said he was happy to see the high court rule to protect women’s right and health. He said there must be a guarantee made to protect women’s access to attain affordable health care and her right to determine the course of her future.
Law supporters said it protect patients’ health at the state’s abortion clinics.
Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, who sponsored the bill, said the bill was all about giving women a high quality of care.
The opponents said it would cause a majority of abortion clinics to shut down. Amy Hagstrom Miller, an abortion clinic CEO, said the law was a smokescreen; cruel and did nothing to help women with their health.