1. Main
  2. Learn
  3. Politics
  4. Laws, Initiatives

US top court won't block restrictive Texas abortion law20 ноября 2013, 11:24

©Reuters/Cathal McNaughton ©Reuters/Cathal McNaughton
The US Supreme Court Tuesday refused to block a law that restricts women's access to abortions in the southern state of Texas, AFP reports. The measure requires that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48 km) of the site of the abortion, in case complications arise. As a result, opponents say, more than a third of Texas facilities performing abortions are being shuttered. A group of women and doctors from the state asked the US Supreme Court to at least temporarily block the law's application. But the court rejected the appeal along ideological lines, with its five conservative justices siding against its four progressives. Explaining the court's decision, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that "it would flout core principles of federalism by mandating postponement of a state law without asserting that the law is even probably unconstitutional." Justice Stephen Breyer writing on behalf of the dissenting justices, said that "under the status quo that existed in Texas prior to the enactment of the admitting privileges requirement, women across the state of Texas who needed abortions had a certain level of access to clinics that would provide them." "I would maintain the status quo while the lower courts consider this difficult, sensitive and controversial legal matter," he wrote. Despite the Supreme Court's landmark "Roe V. Wade" decision in January 1973 legalizing abortion in the United States, the practice has remained a perennial source of political controversy. In recent years, a number of states have passed laws limiting it.

Nobel prizewinner proposes a new city in KZ
New abnormal snowfalls expected in Kazakhstan
Huge glacier retreat triggered in 1940s
Hyperloop construction begins in Las Vegas
"Moonlight" to top Spirit Awards nominations
Oil prices fall due to investors uncertainty
New dwarf galaxy discovered around Milky Way
Kanat Islam becomes a top ten WBO boxer
World oil prices continue to rise
Kazakhstan expects warming - Kazhydromet
Merkel to seek fourth term as chancellor
Sale of Tintin drawings set to break records
US, EU stocks fall as markets focus on dollar
Pacific leaders urged to defend free trade
EU warns eight nations on budget deficit
Universiade-2017: Athletic Village is ready
Bob Dylan can't make Nobel ceremony
Messi will never leave Barca - club president
Google, Facebook take aim at 'fake' news
Aerosmith announces Europe 'farewell' tour
Putin, Trump to normalise US-Russia ties
At least 10 hurt in southern Turkey blast
6.2 quake hits western Japan