Obama lauds abortion decision from Supreme Court

Obama lauds abortion decision from Supreme Court
© Greg Nash

President Obama on Monday lauded the Supreme Court’s decision to block Texas from enforcing one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. 

“I am pleased to see the Supreme Court protect women's rights and health today,” Obama said in a statement. “These restrictions harm women's health and place an unconstitutional obstacle in the path of a woman's reproductive freedom.”

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The 5-3 ruling of the court was celebrated by Democrats and women’s rights groups who argued the Texas law would make it virtually impossible for women in the Lone Star State to obtain an abortion. 

“We remain strongly committed to the protection of women's health, including protecting a woman's access to safe, affordable health care and her right to determine her own future,” Obama said. 

“Women’s opportunities are expanded and our nation is stronger when all of our citizens have accessible, affordable health care.”

The justices wrote in a majority opinion that two pieces of the law would unfairly burden women seeking abortions and that the provisions did not offer “medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes.” 

The law would have required doctors who perform abortions to have hospital-admitting privileges and made abortion clinics meet strict standards equivalent with “ambulatory surgical centers.” 

If officials would have enforced the law, all but 10 abortion clinics in the state would have closed, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed the suit against Texas. 

The Obama administration filed a legal brief supporting the group’s case before the court.