Over a dozen abortion clinics in Texas will be able to stay open and others will be able to reopen following the U.S. Supreme Court’s October 14 ruling putting on hold key sections of a state law requiring that clinics performing abortions to be certified as ambulatory surgical centers, and that abortionists have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The High Court ruling blocks the state from enforcing the ambulatory surgical requirement while a legal challenge by pro-abortion forces winds through lower courts.
In August a federal judge ruled that the ambulatory surgical centers requirement was unconstitutional and blocked its enforcement. But a federal appeals court decision earlier this month lifted the lower court’s injunction, prompting the Supreme Court to step in and issue its ruling blocking the state from enforcing the law.
While the High Court ruled last November in favor of the portion of the law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, its latest decision waives that requirement for at least two clinics whose managers insisted their clinics needed to stay open.
When the law went into effect, more than a dozen facilities across the state were forced to close because the could not — or would not — meet the two requirements designed to protect women seeking abortions from sub-standard facilities. The 6-3 ruling, which was opposed by Justices Scalia, Alito, and Thomas, allows clinics to commence abortions for the foreseeable future.
Abortion proponents, who reap millions of dollars from the killing of pre-born babies, were ecstatic at the ruling, using the Supreme Court decision as an opportunity to take politically motivated jabs at the pro-life groups that led the fight to protect mothers and babies.