The Supreme Court struck down Texas’ regulations on abortion clinics, making the decision one of the biggest abortion cases the court has seen in nearly 25 years.
The Supreme Court justices on Monday ruled in favor of clinics in Texas that found the state’s regulations to be an attempt at making it harder for women to seek abortions.
The decision, which is quickly being hailed as a victory for women’s rights advocates, was voiced by Justice Steven Breyer’s majority opinion, saying that the Texas regulations are medically unnecessary and are unconstitutional.
The Texas law required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and would make clinics to have the same standards as hospitals for outpatient surgery.
President Barack Obama issued a statement praising the Supreme Court decision on the case, saying “as the Court affirmed today, these restrictions harm women’s health and place an unconstitutional obstacle in the path of a woman’s reproductive freedom. We remain strongly committed to the protection of women’s health, including protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her right to determine her own future. Women’s opportunities are expanded and our nation is stronger when all of our citizens have accessible, affordable health care.”