US Supreme Court.

US Supreme Court.

On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a 2013 Texas law regulating the safety of abortion clinics, saying in a 5-3 decision that it put an undue burden on a women’s right to an abortion.

The case had challenged two Texas regulations of abortion clinics: abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital in case of a medical emergency at their clinic, and clinic buildings must meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers. They must have proper sanitation, staffing, and medical experts on hand to deal with medical emergencies.

The law was passed in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell scandal. Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist, was convicted in May 2013 on three counts of first-degree murder for babies born alive who were killed at his clinic, and he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after a woman died from an anesthesia overdose at his clinic.

An almost 300-page grand jury report exposed his clinic’s horrific practices and conditions. Babies born alive had their spinal cords severed. Blood stains spotted the clinic, which also smelled of urine. Medical equipment was broken or used and reused without being cleaned. Dead babies lay in jars. Staff members lacked experience and expertise.

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