Supreme Court Must Invalidate Texas Sham Law

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In a powerful op-ed in USA Today, Center for Reproductive Rights president and CEO Nancy Northup outlines what is at stake in the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole—the most significant abortion rights case in almost 25 years.

Northup notes that in agreeing to review the case against the Texas sham law that uses phony health concerns to shut down 80 percent of the state’s abortion providers, the Supreme Court has “set the stage for a decisive clash between two disparate conversations about abortion in America.”

One conversation is mired in stigma and junk science, and seeks to eliminate legal abortion care. The other is backed by the medical establishment and relies on women’s firsthand experiences to validate the importance of safe, accessible reproductive services.

If the Supreme Court allows the Texas law to stand, other states are likely to pass similar laws that could make abortion care dramatically less accessible for women across the country.

Over the last four decades, the Court has repeatedly affirmed that a woman has a constitutionally protected right to end a pregnancy and that states cannot pass laws that create an undue burden for women exercising that right.