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Constitutional Law Keyed to Varat
Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt
Citation:579 U.S. __, 136 S.Ct. 2292, 195 L.Ed.2d 665 (2016).
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The Texas legislature passed an abortion law with two key provisions. The admitting privileges requirement required a physician performing or an inducing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital no further than 30 miles from the abortion facility. The surgical center requirement required an abortion facility to meet minimum standards for ambulatory surgical centers, as set forth under Texas law.
Before the law took effect, an abortion providers filed a case and lost. After the law went into effect, the Plaintiffs filed this suit alleging violations under the 14th Amendment, as interpreted under Casey. Plaintiffs sought an injunction to prevent the two provisions from being enforced.
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