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The Supreme Court's 5-3 decision overturning Texas abortion laws will have far reaching effects beyond just Texas.
MSN News/New York Times: Abortion Ruling Could Create Waves of Legal Challenges
"It will certainly prevent the threatened shutdown of clinics in some states, especially in the Deep South, that have been operating in a legal limbo, with Texas-style laws on temporary hold. But legal experts said the effect over time is likely to be wider, potentially giving momentum to dozens of legal challenges, including to laws that restrict abortions with medication or ban certain surgical methods.
“The ruling deals a crushing blow to this most recent wave of state efforts to shut off access to abortion through hyper-regulation,” said Suzanne B. Goldberg, the director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School."
The ruling does have major significance, almost as much as the original Roe vs Wade decision of 1973. It will be interesting to see how this evolves, particularly in the current political discourse. Republicans no doubt will use it to emphasize the importance of getting an anti-abortionist on the Supreme Court. Democrats will do the opposite.
No matter, Justice Kennedy was the swing vote. Even if Justice Scalia was still alive, the vote would have still gone against Texas.