Abortion

Even with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Wednesday could mark a potential turning point for the Supreme Court on the subject of abortion. At issue is whether a new Texas law imposes restrictions that unconstitutionally limit a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy.

Last June, a federal appeals court upheld the law. If the Supreme Court agrees, it would mean a dramatic cutback on abortion rights across the country, and potentially a steppingstone toward the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The case is a challenge to a controversial Texas law proponents say makes abortions safer in the state. It could set new limits for what kind of regulations state lawmakers can impose on abortion providers.


The U.S. Supreme Court next month is scheduled to hear its biggest abortion case in at least a decade, and the reach of that decision is likely to be impacted by the absence of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died over the weekend.

Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Senator John Cornyn joined a coalition of lawmakers in Congress in support of the State’s 2013 abortion law, which the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear in March.  

In November, Supreme Court justices agreed to take a lawsuit challenging Texas’ 2013 abortion law and ever since, support from both sides has come pouring into the high court.  

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Former Democratic Gubernatorial candidate and state Senator Wendy Davis has once again joined the fight against Texas' 2013 Abortion law.  Davis is using her own personal story in the hope of convincing the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the law. Davis gained national prominence for her filibuster of the abortion bill in 2013.

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