27 June 2016
In a majority 5-3 decision the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law in the state of Texas that restricts women’s access to abortion is unconstitutional.
The Texas Omnibus Abortion Bill known as HB-2 was enacted in 2013. Since its enactment, many, especially women, criticised it for putting stringent conditions on abortion procedure and reducing women’s access to abortion.
Though the 1973 landmark case of “Roe v. Wade” made abortion legal, many states have found ways to bypass this by enacting legislation with complicated conditions and prerequisites for equipment used and professionals qualified to perform such procedures. This case is known as “Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt”.
The states often say it is to keep women safe, but in the real sense, it only makes it harder for women who need abortions to get them.
As one judge noted, a lobotomy is even more dangerous than an abortion but has less conditions attached to it.
The case has been hailed as one of the greatest decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court on women’s right in 25 years.
Hilary Clinton took to Twitter to celebrate the decision.
Donald Trump is yet to respond to this new decision but in the past, he had said that women who go through abortions should be “punished”.