In a huge win for women, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Center for Reproductive Rights’ (CRR) challenge to abortion restrictions that passed in 2013 as part of Texas HB2.
The Court struck down both the admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements in Texas.
While the decision is a major victory, far too many women in Texas and many other states across the country still face overwhelming barriers to safely accessing an abortion.
As a health care provider, Planned Parenthood has seen the debilitating consequences for women in states like Texas where politicians have restricted access. Women must travel hundreds of miles, cross state lines, and wait weeks to get an abortion—if they can at all.
These restrictions often have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, who already face systemic barriers in accessing quality health care.
This is why we are fighting, state by state. Outside of California, politicians have passed 317 abortion restrictions since 2011, despite the fact that Americans overwhelmingly support safe, legal abortion. California has a long history of supporting reproductive health, including abortion access, and we have stemmed attempts to limit this access.
No woman or doctor should be punished for receiving or providing essential medical care. We will not be punished. We will not go back.
Holly @ Planned Parenthood