Women in Texas received a major victory on Monday with the Supreme Court’s ruling concerning abortion. The court voted 5-3 that restrictions on abortion—such as doctors requiring admitting privileges at local hospitals—were unconstitutional and placed undue burden on a woman’s right to choose.
While this is a significant triumph for women’s rights advocates in Texas, considering 32 of Texas’s 42 abortion clinics would have been shut down due to these restrictions, other states have not fared so fortuitously.
The Washington Post published a detailed chart of all 50 states and the various restrictions each of them face. According to their analysis, “There are 31 states that have at least one of the following abortion regulations: waiting periods, restrictions on health insurance coverage, bans after 20 weeks of pregnancy, requirements that clinics meet ambulatory surgical center standards or requirements that abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges.”
Twenty-five states have two or more of these restrictions.
The most prohibitive states are Missouri, Utah, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Oklahoma, all of which contain four out of the five regulations, making it incredibly difficult for clinics to remain open and women to receive abortions.
Only 19 states place no regulations on abortion, which is baffling considering that Roe v. Wade established the right to abortion back in 1973—states attempting to override this through ridiculous laws passed by extremely conservative local governments clearly violates our constitutional rights.
While the Supreme Court gave a major win to women in Texas, unfortunately, women in dozens of other states still have long battles to fight.
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