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Tuesday, June 28, 2016   

NEW YORK – The U.S. Supreme Court's >ruling overturning key provisions of a Texas anti-abortion law is drawing high praise from reproductive rights advocates.

The 5-to-3 ruling struck down provisions requiring hospital admitting privileges for clinic doctors, and imposing the same requirements on clinics as ambulatory surgical facilities.

Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, calls the ruling great news for anyone who cares about women's health, women's rights and the fate of abortion access in this country.

"It's also important to remember that this is only a first step in starting to roll back the scores of anti-abortion restrictions that are on the books and in place in so many states across the country," she stresses.

The ruling said the restrictions in the Texas law placed an undue burden on women's access to abortion services in violation of the Constitution.

New York has long been at the forefront of protecting women's reproductive rights, including access to abortion. But Miller points out that in this legislative session alone, 11 bills attacking those rights were introduced in the state Legislature.

"And add to that, we couldn't even get our state Senate to take a vote on a bill that would insure more comprehensive coverage for contraceptive methods here in New York," she states.

Miller stresses that New York needs to work hard to live up to its reputation as a bastion of support for women's reproductive rights.

Monday's ruling was the first time in more than 15 years that the Supreme Court has put limits on state abortion restrictions. Miller hopes that marks a turning point.

"That we can seize this momentum and begin to truly move towards what the public truly wants, which is for women to be able to make these decisions, have this care be accessible and affordable in their communities without stigma and shame and pressure," she states.

The ruling calls into question the constitutionality of laws limiting access to abortion services in several states.







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