SCOTUS Ruling on Texas Abortion Law To Have Effect in AL

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Pro-life activists try to block pro-choice activists as the annual March for Life passes by in front of the U.S. Supreme Court January 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. Pro-life activists gathered in the nation's capital to mark the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A recent ruling by the US Supreme Court is being called a significant win for pro-rights groups.

In the 1990s there were more than a dozen clinics in the state.  New legislation has been making it harder for clinics to stay open, and that number now is currently 5.  But that number could rise.

A new ruling from the Supreme Court in a Texas case could make it potentially easier for some to remain open, or even news ones to open.

“I was very disappointed by that because it would have closed down the abortion clinic here in Mobile,” said Klein.

Vicky Klein is an anti-abortion activist; she’s been known to protest across the street from the Mobile clinic.

“I’m just very sad that we have the right to take the life of an unborn baby.”

The Justices ruled 5-3 that requiring doctors to have hospital admitting privileges and making clinics up keep the same standards as surgical clinics would make it too hard for women to get access.

“It was a huge victory for truth, what the Supreme Court said is that the recognized that the restrictions that were put in place in Texas really didn’t have any impact on putting a woman’s health and safety, they really had an impact on banning abortion,” said Kaylie Hanson with the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

“You find that in any place in a medical situation where there’s surgery, and it should apply to abortion clinics like it does everybody else,” said Klein.

Already in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, Alabama State Attorney General Luther Strange has dropped an abortion law related appeal.

“So we know that women deserve to make these kinds of decisions on their own and with consultation from their doctors, and the more restrictions that you put on these reproductive health care services, the worse off families are,” said Hanson.

But this was just one legal case, in a series that are still making their way up the courts.

“It’s up to us and the pro-choice movement and really the voters to speak out and put people in office that are going to fight on their behalf.”

Groups with both sides say they are will continue working to get new legislation passed. Meanwhile, Klein says she’ll continue her fight.

And as it stands Alabama has some of the most restrictive abortion laws, which includes parental notification as well as a 48 hour wait period.

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