The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics say were specifically designed to shut down clinics. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Abortion rights supporters found their groove outside the Supreme Court, celebrating the 5-3 ruling that struck down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities. Liberal members of the court said that TWO provisions of the law -- one of which required abortion doctors to have hospital "admitting privileges" -- violate a woman's constitutional right to obtain an abortion. Planned Parenthood's Dawn Laguens says the ruling is a step in the right direction. (SOUNDBITE) EVP OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA, DAWN LAGUENS, SAYING: "Today, this gives us the opportunity to march state by state, legislature by legislature, rule by rule, bill by bill, and reclaim women's health and rights across this country. 100%, no burdens on any woman, anywhere. And that's what we're going to do." The Texas law also required clinic buildings to possess costly, hospital-grade facilities. ...something pro-life advocate Kristan Hawkins says was necessary for women's safety. (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT OF STUDENTS FOR LIFE OF AMERICA, KRISTAN HAWKINS, SAYING: "Women lost today. Because the so-called right to abortion was put above the safety of abortion." But pro-choice supporters disagree. They say the ruling stands WITH women across the country.