Supreme Court Stalls Final Decision on Texas Abortion Clinics

“These politicians think they can trick us, via loopholes & false concern, into giving up our RIGHTS. They underestimate women & their allies,” Dunham tweeted. “The broads I’ve met in Texas, well, let’s just say I wouldn’t wanna fight ’em. Love to those doing battle for us all.”

“What’s happening to women and the right to choose in Texas is TERRIFYING. Let’s educate ourselves so we can fight,” Dunham also tweeted.

Proving they were not too exhausted after celebrating Supreme Court decisions that came down during what Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told radio host Sean Hannity were “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history,” pro-choice supporters applauded the stay of the circuit court ruling.

Texas state Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D) said she was pleased the court had blocked the “devastating impact of HB 2” before it goes into effect on July 1.

“The number of reproductive health care clinics in Texas would go from 40 to less than 10 and will put tremendous obstacles in the way of a woman's constitutional right to a safe and legal health care procedure,” she said.

Amy Hagstrom Miller, the founder, president, and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, said, “We’re relieved that the high court has, once again, prevented anti-choice politicians from pushing safe and affordable abortion care entirely out of reach for Texas women.”

Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said HB 2 was filled with “sham regulations” that were only designed to “sneak around the Constitution to close clinics’ doors.”

Attorney General Paxton said abortion clinics that could not meet the standards imposed by HB 2 should be closed. He also maintained the argument that HB 2 would endanger the health of women in Texas was preposterous.

In fact, he said the exact opposite was true.

“The Highest Court in our country just put Texas women in harm’s way,” said Paxton in a statement released by his office. “HB 2 ensures abortion clinics and doctors meet basic health standards if they choose to operate their businesses in Texas. Today’s delay subjects Texas women to substandard care all to the benefit of the abortion industry’s bottom line.”

The Supreme Court gave no indication of when or how it will eventually rule. But Abbott issued a statement supporting HB 2 and his hope that it will survive.

“Texas will continue to fight for higher-quality healthcare standards for women while protecting our most vulnerable – the unborn,” said Abbott, “and I’m confident the Supreme Court will ultimately uphold this law.”