Local clinics react to SCOTUS ruling on Texas abortion regulations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Today’s ruling on Texas abortion regulations is the Supreme Court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter of a century.

“This decision is a great result for women in keeping abortion safe and accessible,” said Betsy Harned, Planned Parenthood of WNY Vice President of External Affairs.

Harned says Monday’s Supreme Court ruling is a victory for women across the country.

“Abortions are a medically safe procedure that are regulated by state and various laws and the court saw that those particular provisions in H.B. 2 were unnecessary medically and that’s why they struck them down,” said Harned.

Texas argued it’s 2013 law was necessary to protect women’s health. The Supreme Court found the rules were medically unnecessary and an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to an abortion. Harned says the regulations had nothing to do with women’s health.

“The two provisions at issue in the Texas Supreme Court Case were not based on medical necessity at all. Abortion is a very safe procedure and there is no medical reason for admitting privileges or for the various requirements,” said Harned.

Harned says like any other medical procedure, abortion is regulated by various state and local departments of health. Local supporters say today’s ruling was a step in the right direction, but say more work still remains to be done in our state and others across the country.

“New York state is still a state that needs to update it’s abortion law and we have a New York State Senate that has refused to bring that legislation to the floor,” said Betty DeFazio, Planned Parenthood of WNY Action Fund Executive Director.

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