Supreme Court Eyes Abortion Law
The arguments were made before a high court at a crossroads, short one member after the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, in a session that showcased an ideological divide on the bench.
Texas defended the abortion law known as "HB-2" as important to safeguarding the health of women. The law requires that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles and that the procedure be done in an ambulatory surgical center, requirements that caused half of the state’s 42 abortion clinics to close.
While the court’s conservative justices wanted proof the law led to clinic closings, the liberal wing questioned why Texas holds abortions to a different and more expensive safety standard than higher-risk procedures like liposuction and colonoscopies.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, who looms as the critical swing vote in this case, suggested the best course of action might be to send the case back to the Texas courts for a closer look.
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