This week, a major case was heard by the Supreme Court about abortion, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The case is also the first major controversial case the court has heard since the death last month of Justice Antonin Scalia.In Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Texas House Bill 2, passed in 2013, regulated abortion clinics and doctors, rather than a woman’s access to those providers. Two provisions of the law were challenged, and the appeals were eventually taken up by the Supreme Court.
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The first challenged provision requires all abortion clinics to comply with standards set for ambulatory surgical centers. The second requires a physician performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is performed.
Joining the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the details of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt are two long-time observers of this issue.
Clarke Forsythe is currently Senior Counsel for Americans United For Life and author of Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, published by Encounter Books in 2013.
Mary Ziegler is Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at the Florida State University College of Law. Her latest book, After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, is available from the Harvard University Press.
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