On Thursday, June 30, we’ll take and in-depth look at Monday’s landmark Supreme Court decision on Whole Womens Health v Hellerstedt, which threw out TRAP laws, as constituting an “undue burden” on a woman’s constitutional right to access an abortion. The Court, ruled 5 to 3, that both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements of Texas’ HB 2 law are unconstitutional. Twelve states currently have such laws.
TRAP laws impose medically unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive rules on clinics and have resulted in many closing, causing women seeking abortion to travel hundreds of miles.
The Court also threw out the part of HB-2 that demanded that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic–a requirement usually impossible to comply with and medically unnecessary, as hospitals will admit patients to emergency rooms with or without an admitting physician.
We’ll discuss what this case will mean for the future of the right to aborion with Attorney Jessica Mason Pieklo, Vice President for Law and the Courts at Rewire.
The significance of Monday’s landmark Supreme Court decision is already being felt across the nation, giving women’s health advocates reason to hope that the concerted right-wing assault on reproductive rights has been “stopped in its tracks.”
More from the Supreme Court on Reproductive Rights: On Tuesday, the Court rejected appeals from Mississippi and Wisconsin seeking to put in place admitting-privilege restrictions similar to those struck down in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Mississippi’s law would have closed the lone abortion clinic in the state.
We’ll also look at how much remains to be done to provide safe, legal, accessible and affordable abortion services for all women who seek them.
In addition, we’ll play clips of recent events relating to the Hellerstedt decision as well as from the history of the reproductive rights movement–along with music of the movement.
Our Feminist News Headlines will include:
Voisine v U.S. : In a 6-2 decision, the Court ruled that reckless domestic assaults can be considered misdemeanor crimes to restrict gun ownership. The decision comes as a major victory for women’s rights and domestic violence advocacy groups.
The New York City Council unanimously decided on June 22 to fund the provision of menstrual supplies in all city public schools, prisons, and homeless shelters.
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