Supreme Court Gives Women's Right to Choose a Reprieve in Texas

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More than a dozen clinics that provide abortions in the state of Texas should be able to reopen their doors on Wednesday, following an unsigned order by the U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday that puts on hold a lower court ruling that shuttered them.

The order from the high court, approved by a 6-3 margin, comes as a reprieve to women and reproductive rights advocates in the state who have been fighting to nullify a law passed by the legislature last year which has led to the closure of all but eight abortion clinics in the nation’s second most populous state.

Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which has been fighting the law said the order was most welcome but that the overall fight for women’s freedoms in Texas was far from over.

“The U.S. Supreme Court gave Texas women a tremendous victory today,” said Northrup in a statement following the court’s decision. “[On Wednesday], thirteen clinics across the state will be allowed to reopen and provide women with safe and legal abortion care in their own communities.”

However, she continued, “This fight against Texas’ sham abortion law is not over. HB2 was designed to gut the constitutional protections of Roe v. Wade and half of the state’s clinics remain closed. We will continue this legal battle until the rights of Texas women are restored.”

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