Monday's 5-3 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that found unconstitutional a Texas regulation on abortion will affect a similar law in Alabama. The measure that was struck down required abortion doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges and surgical-setting at clinics.
Alabama's law was passed in 2013, but was on hold after a federal judge found it unconstitutional. The law's fate was working its way through the court system when Monday's ruling came down.
Alabama Attorney General Luther released the following statement on Monday:
Gov. Robert Bentley also released a statement in regards to the ruling:
Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, called the Supreme Court decision a victory for women and abortion access. Watson said she hoped the state's attorney general office would abandon the effort to appeal the Alabama case.
If the admitting privilege requirement was enforced, as many as four of Alabama's five abortion clinics would close.