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Supreme Court strikes down Texas Abortion Restrictions

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The US Supreme Court handed down a win for abortion rights ­­voting 5-­3 to strike down a restrictive Texas abortion law that activists argued would have shut down all but a handful of clinics in the state. It’s the court’s most sweeping ruling on abortion in two decades. And it could deter other states from imposing strict regulations on clinics as a means of forcing them to close.

The law ­­HB 2­­ required clinics to have surgical facilities and doctors with admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The justices ruled 5-­3 that the law put an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion. It’s the Supreme Court’s first major ruling on the issue in two decades.

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Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick - Legal Affairs correspondent for Slate - @dahlialithwick, Carrie Severino - Judicial Crisis Network - @jcnseverino, Helen Knowles - State University of New York at Oswego, Stephanie Toti - Center for Reproductive Rights - @ReproRights

Host:
Warren Olney