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Supreme Court hears arguments on Texas abortion law

March 02, 2016

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on March 2 in the case of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, a challenge to the new state law that imposes medical standards on abortion providers in the state of Texas.

The arguments presented to the Court centered on the question of whether the medical standards created by the Texas law impose an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions. Supporters of abortion have claimed that the law would force as many as 20 abortion clinics to close, because they cannot meet the new standards. 

With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the remaining eight members of the Supreme Court are seen as evenly divided on the case, with Justice Anthony Kennedy as a possible swing vote. A 4-4 vote would allow the Texas law to take effect, but would not set a precedent for other states. The Supreme Court could also decide to ask for new arguments in the case after the appointment of a new justice to replace Scalia. 

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  • Posted by: loumiamo - Mar. 04, 2016 10:06 AM ET USA

    Re this law, it's amazing that the baby killers insist on calling abortion a women's health issue, but then say that the environment that abortion occurs in need not be healthy. These people would never be chosen for the worst high school debate team, but the most galling part of this is that they don't even care how ignorant they are. They should encourage the passage of this bill just so they can see what's in it. Twould make Nancy Pelosi proud, don't u think?

  • Posted by: garedawg - Mar. 03, 2016 9:32 AM ET USA

    Maybe Justice Scalia can send some prayers his way, too.

  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 02, 2016 6:49 PM ET USA

    We are asking the Lord to help Justice Kennedy make the right decision on this case.