Supreme Court. (photo: AP)
Robert Barnes and Sandhya Somashekhar | The Washington Post | Reader Supported News | March 2, 2016
he Supreme Court’s liberal justices seemed united in Wednesday’s arguments that Texas’ abortion regulations are an unconstitutional burden on a woman’s right to an abortion, but the justice who holds the key vote questioned whether there was enough evidence to make such a finding.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, whom both sides consider pivotal to the outcome of the court’s most important abortion case in a generation, wondered whether it was possible to tell if the changes in Texas law were responsible for the closure of nearly half the state’s abortion clinics. He wondered if lower courts might need to hear more evidence.
But Kennedy also seemed reluctant to accept Texas’s argument that there is no need to factor in the obstacles created for women when weighing the health benefits the state says resulted from the 2013 changes.