by Cassandra Gagnon
On March 2, rallies occurred on the steps of the Supreme Court building in response to statements heard in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case. This case determines if certain “sham laws” put an unnecessary burden on women seeking an abortion, an action deemed unconstitutional in the only other abortion case heard by the Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade.
With the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia, stakes have risen as the usual swing vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy could either bring a 5-3 decision in favor of striking down the laws, or a 4-4 tie which sends it back to lower courts.
Opposition sites strict medical concerns for abortion clinics, which is what the bill addresses. It would require certain hospital regulations of the clinics themselves, as well as admitting privileges for abortion providers. Texas already has laws that allow women to have up to 3 or 4 appointments at the clinic receive the “abortion pill.”
FIT’s own Half the Sky feminist club, myself included, took to the steps of the Supreme Court that day to be part of the rally. Led by President Ciara Clauss, multiple members spent the day demonstrating their support in an overwhelming wave of pro-choice.
A decision in the case is expected in late June.