Rep. Maloney Celebrates Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Decision

Jun 27, 2016
Press Release
Supreme Court Rules Texas Regulations Unconstitutional

In a 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a Texas law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and abortion clinics to meet surgical center standards constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, a tireless advocate for women’s rights and reproductive choice, and lead sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, released the following statement in reaction to today’s ruling:

“Today’s 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a win for women across the country, reaffirming a woman’s constitutional right to abortion and health care access. Today’s Supreme Court decision makes clear that so-called TRAP laws, which single out abortion providers and impose heavy and expensive restrictions on their medical practices, constitute undue burdens and are unconstitutional. The Court’s decision clarifies, once and for all, that states cannot adopt legislation to throw roadblocks in the path of women seeking abortions. If women have a constitutional right to have an abortion, lawmakers cannot dream up absurd restrictions to impede their medical providers’ ability to provide this medical procedure. Hopefully, this ruling will stop legislatures from imposing similar ridiculous and ultimately dangerous burdens on women and their healthcare providers.”