The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear
an appeal of an abortion case
for the first time in eight years.
It's Texas' effort to restrict abortion by requiring abortion clinics to meet facility standards for ambulatory surgery clinics and require doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. The regulations have already put about half othe state's 40 clinics out of business and threaten about half of those remaining. This puts women in vast swaths of Texas huge distances from clinics.
The Supreme Court in the past has said states many not put undue burdens on the right to abortion before fetal viability.
Waiting in the wings is whether the U.S. Supreme Court will take up Arkansas's appeal of court decisions striking down a ban on abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy. It seems unlikely. If it does take it up, clinic regulations would become the least of the worries of those who support abortion rights.