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Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt
Citation:___U.S.___, 136 S.Ct. 2292, 195 L.Ed.2d 665 (2016).
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In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2 (H.B. 2), which contained several provisions related to abortions. One provision required that any physician performing an abortion have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion was performed, and another provision required that all abortion clinics comply with standards for surgical centers. In the time since the admitting privileges requirement took effect, the number of abortion clinics in Texas declined from 42 to 19. Plaintiffs argued that H.B. 2 was unnecessary and expensive, as well as an attempt to limit abortion access rather than increase women’s safety.
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