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March 2016 Archives

Supreme Court of the United States Hears Controversial Abortion Case

On March 2, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") heard oral argument in Whole Woman's Health v Hellerstedt, a critical abortion rights case challenging a 2013 Texas law requiring medical facilities where abortions are performed meet ambulatory surgery center ("ASC") standards and the doctors performing the abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital. This is the most significant abortion case before SCOTUS since Planned Parenthood v Casey in 1992, in which the Court ruled the states were not allowed to place undue burdens on a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, including "unnecessary health regulations" that imposed a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion.

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