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Second Nexus Perspective

A woman’s right to an abortion could become much more difficult to exercise in Texas in the months to come. Seventy-five percent of the forty clinics spread throughout the state a mere two years ago will be shuttered if the Supreme Court denies the petition for certiorari filed earlier this month in Whole Women’s Health v. Lakey. This would leave a mere 10 clinics to service the second largest and second most populated state in the union. These clinics, which are clustered around the five metropolitan areas in Texas, would leave approximately 1 in 6 women of reproductive age in Texas over 150 miles from their nearest clinic.

The case is a result of Texas’s 2013 law House Bill 2, which would add a series of onerous and largely inapplicable restrictions on abortion clinics. Two of these restrictions are challenged in Whole Women’s Health.

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