Today marks a huge victory for pro-choice advocates, as the Supreme court announces that it has struck down an abortion law in Louisiana.
Keep scrolling to find out exactly what this means, and what would have happened if the law had passed...
The topic of abortion is a sensitive one.
via: Getty ImagesAbortion has long been known as a somewhat “taboo" topic, with women historically being forced to risk their lives in order to terminate their unwanted pregnancies.
The Roe V. Wade legal case marked a revolution that saved many women's lives.
via: Getty ImagesA 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, affirmed that a woman’s access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional human right.
But the right to an abortion has been dealt a heavy blow in recent years.
via: Getty ImagesHere in the U.S. the right to safe and legal abortion has been the law of the land for more than forty-five years and is a part of the fabric of this country. Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court dealt a huge blow to our right to access safe, legal abortion, however. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump, who had previously made a clear promise to nominate judges who would “automatically" overturn Roe v. Wade.
And, of course, the Alabama abortion ban sparked huge outrage and controversy...
via: Getty ImagesOn May 14 2019, Alabama legislators passed a bill banning abortions. The passing of this bill has triggered an outcry across the world, with millions standing forward in support of women’s rights. Republican, Governor Kay Ivey, said after signing the bill: "The bill stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God."
4 other states have imposed a similar bill...
via: Getty ImagesGeorgia, Kentucky, Mississipi, and Ohio have signed bills in recent months that ban abortions if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected. These are often referred to as “heartbeat bills," meaning abortion is banned after 6 weeks of pregnancy, when the fetus has fully developed a heartbeat.
It can feel as though we're going backwards...
via: Getty ImagesAnd there are still so many people who don't think women deserve the right to a safe abortion.
There is still a huge stigma attached to the topic.
via: Getty ImagesWhile it's now legal in many countries across the world, there's no doubt that abortion remains a taboo topic, with the right to a safe and legal abortion facing numerous challenges.
There seems to be no middle ground...
via: Getty ImagesBoth pro-life and pro-choice activists feel very strongly about their views. Although there's no doubt that pro-lifers can go to extremes to air their views.
Often they will protest outside abortion clinics...
via: Getty ImagesThese people, or anti-abortionists, as they are commonly referred to as, claim that they believe in “pro-life" and that terminating a pregnancy is up in the same ranks as “murder." And with phrases like “murderer" and “baby killer" often thrown about, it's no wonder so many women feel frightened and ashamed when it comes to abortion.
But what people don't understand is that the opposite of pro-life isn't abortion...
via: Getty ImagesIt's believing that the right to choose what happens to your body is fundamentally important.
But this week has marked a huge victory in the first abortion case of the Trump era.
via: Getty ImagesThe Supreme Court delivered a surprise victory for pro-choice advocates today.
The decision to uphold the constitutional right strikes down a 2014 Louisiana law.
via: Getty ImagesThe law required physicians performing abortions at clinics to have "admitting privileges" at a nearby hospital.
What does this mean?
via: Getty ImagesWell, attorneys for the state argued in March that the law made abortions "safer" because it ensured that if anything went wrong during the procedure, the patient could be rushed to a nearby hospital.
But many argued this was far from the case...
via: Getty ImagesThe Center for Reproductive Rights argued that hospitals will admit anyone with a medical emergency regardless and that the law is simply designed to make doctors unable to perform abortions. Not to mention the fact that admitting privileges are hard to obtain in the first place.
In fact, if the law had been passed...
via: Getty ImagesActivists said it would have led to the closure of all but one of the state's abortion clinics, according to The Telegraph.
The Center for Reproductive Rights ended up suing.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's attorneys countered that the law was unnecessary, as per Buzzfeed News.
Today, the supreme court ruled that the law posed an "unconstitutional restriction on a woman's right to an abortion."
Huge ruling from Supreme Court: Roberts sides with four traditionally liberal Justices to strike down extraordinari… https://t.co/zQ7N88lAKn— Elie Honig (@Elie Honig)1593441342.0
Nancy Northup, president of the Center For Reproductive Rights, released a statement following the ruling:
Today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down Louisiana’s law which would have shut down women's health clinics was… https://t.co/tT24LyRNdP— Amy Klobuchar (@Amy Klobuchar)1593441564.0
#BREAKING: The Supreme Court has ruled that Louisiana's attempt to place undue burdens on abortion clinics is uncon… https://t.co/gBGCJIllIb— NY AG James (@NY AG James)1593442495.0
Today's landmark ruling is far from this year’s only ruling on reproductive rights.
via: Getty ImagesThe court also heard 2 combined cases back in May about the Trump administration's rules in granting employers and universities the ability to refuse to provide birth control coverage for their employees for religious or moral reasons.