NEW YORK (AP) — By striking down tough abortion restrictions in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court has emboldened abortion-rights activists nationwide and imperiled a range of anti-abortion laws in numerous states.
Many anti-abortion leaders were openly disappointed by Monday’s decision, bracing for the demise of restrictions that they had worked hard to enact over the past few years.
Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life, said: The Supreme Court has decided “the abortion industry will continue to reign unchecked as mothers are subjected to subpar conditions.”
In the other camp, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards hailed the ruling as “an enormous victory for women,” and joined her abortion-rights allies in vowing to quickly seek gains beyond Texas.
Richards said: “We are taking this fight state by state.”