Titus Statement on Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt

Press Release

Date: June 27, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

Today Representative Dina Titus of Nevada's First Congressional District issued a statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-3 decision to strike down Texas' restrictive anti-abortion law, HB 2, in the case of Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt.

HB 2 enacted such onerous restrictions on Texas' abortion care providers that it would have forced 75 percent of the state's clinics to close. It was the greatest threat to women's reproductive freedom since Roe v. Wade.

"The State of Texas should not waste its time interfering with the reproductive rights of women. For more than 40 years, American women have had the right to safe and legal abortions and today's decision upholds that access. For too long Republicans have attacked women's health care. Today's ruling is a clear signal that they are out of line and wasting time."

Background on HB 2

HB 2 would have required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the procedure takes place. Furthermore, abortion clinics would have to be retrofitted to meet hospital-grade standards of ambulatory surgical centers. These restrictions are often known as "TRAP laws" (targeted regulation of abortion providers). In a state with 5.4 million women of reproductive age, HB 2 would have created a gap of 500 miles between San Antonio and the New Mexico border without a single clinic.