Texas had passed a law that was designed to make abortions harder to get. Like a Mississippi law that the district court here found unconstitutional (and a different panel of the 5th Circuit did not reverse), the Texas law required doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and said that clinics must meet hospital-like standards of surgical centers. The Fifth Circuit upheld the law but in a major blow for people who insist that women be slaves to their reproductive systems, the U.S.S.Ct. reverses.
The Court finds that both the admitting-privileges requirement and the surgical center requirement impose an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to choose.