In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court has granted a temporary stay of House Bill 2 while the 9 justices decide whether to hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Lakey, the case that’s been making its way through federal courts since August 2014 (read the order here). Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia, Justice Alito and Justice Thomas voted against the order.
Had the Court not stepped in, the law would have gone into effect on Wednesday, July 1, shuttering all but a handful of clinics throughout the entire state and leaving a vast majority of Texas without a provider of safe, legal abortion care in many communities that need them.
This is the second time the Supreme Court has granted an emergency request to stay HB 2, the first being in October 2014 before going back for another hearing in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in January of this year.
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