By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court granted an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court had upheld new regulations and refused to put those rules on hold while the clinics appealed to the highest court in the land.
The Supreme Court’s decision will remain in effect at least until the court decides whether or not to hear the clinic’s appeal of the lower court ruling which will not happen before fall.
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Executive Director Heather Busby made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision:
“This Supreme Court decision is a temporary victory for Texans’ health and safety, but it only postpones a public health disaster. If allowed to go into full effect, HB 2 will devastate access to reproductive health care by leaving the state with fewer than 10 abortion clinics. Health care should not depend on your zip code or your bank balance. We can celebrate this decision today, but the reality is that Texans’ health and safety are still in jeopardy.”
Statement from Melaney A. Linton, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Center for Choice:
“We are grateful the Supreme Court has stepped in to protect women’s access to safe, legal abortion, for now. Restricting or banning abortion blocks women from getting safe medical care. This dangerous law never should have passed in the first place….Planned Parenthood Center for Choice has been providing care to women who have made the decision to end a pregnancy and we will continue to provide that care.”