This November, abortion foes will vote for their favorites for president. And activists are preparing for an election in which states have the option of passing their own laws restricting abortion, due to the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of the late-term abortion provider, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, experts say.
“Now we will have four conservative judges on the Supreme Court with appointments set to be possible this year,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on Wednesday.
Those four justices are on an ideologically split court. Justice Anthony Kennedy, with whom President Donald Trump has said he might appoint a justice, was one of the five justices to vote against the Planned Parenthood case.
“Obviously Justice Kennedy was the big swing vote in that case and his vote was to preserve the right to abortion,” Richards said.
The new conservative majority on the court may be sympathetic to the position of Texas, which passed several limits on abortion, such as the requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and other restrictions. (This lawsuit was decided in March.)