June 27, 2016
Today the U.S. Supreme Court, in the most important case on abortion in more than 20 years, invalidated restrictions placed on abortions in Texas. The 5-3 decision* will have substantial impact on the obstacles that states are allowed to put in the path of a woman who has made the decision to end a pregnancy.
In Indiana, Hoosiers await a federal court ruling in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU on behalf Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky that challenges a new law set to take effect July 1. This law would impose a completely different set of onerous and unconstitutional prohibitions on the right to an abortion and exerts undue political influence into one of the most personal decisions a woman can make, whether and when to continue a pregnancy based upon what is best for herself and her family.
The work to protect a woman's ability to get an abortion if she needs one is far from over. In the past five years alone, politicians across the country have quietly passed more than 300 restrictions on access to abortion. It's long past time for politicians to stop interfering in a decision that should be between a woman, her family and her doctor.
*Justice Breyer presented the Majority Opinion; Dissents by Justices Thomas, Roberts and Alito