Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Regulations: Hollywood Reacts
Lena Dunham, Olivia Wilde, Cher, Mia Farrow and more expressed their excitement about the 5-3 vote.
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of abortion rights on Monday. The 5-3 vote struck down a Texas law that heavily regulated abortion clinics and would have forced the majority of such facilities in the state to close.
"There was no significant health-related problem that the new law helped to cure," wrote Justice Stephen Breyer in the majority opinion. "We agree with the District Court that the surgical-center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions and constitutes an 'undue burden' on their constitutional right to do so."
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Anthony Kennedy joined Breyer, while Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented.
Lena Dunham, Olivia Wilde, Cher, Michael Moore and Mia Farrow were some of the Hollywood figures who celebrated the Supreme Court's decision, as did politicians Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.
Dunham expressed her gratitude to the Supreme Court saying, "Thank you for sending a booming message that our bodies belong to us."
Director Dawn Porter, whose film Trapped focuses on abortion laws, released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter about the ruling. "The decision will mean so much for the thousands of women who visit abortion clinics across Texas, and across America. But this is also a victory for democracy. The Supreme Court has said unequivocally that states cannot declare war on Constitutionally protected freedoms." She continued, "While this is a thrilling day, I am also thinking of all the women who were unnecessarily turned away while the clinics were closed, or were unable to meet the sham requirements. I'm hoping we never have to relive that nightmare."
Here's how celebrities and politicians reacted:
Supreme Court 5-3 rules Texas abortion restrictions unconstitutional— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 27, 2016
Crucial step forward for reproductive rights. https://t.co/VKAwIWm2o2— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 27, 2016
SCOTUS's decision is a victory for women in Texas and across America. Safe abortion should be a right—not just on paper, but in reality. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 27, 2016
SUPREME COURT SMACK DOWN Of BS TEXAS ABORTION LAW,IS VICTORY 4WOMENS RIGHT 2CHOOSE,PRO-CHOICE DOESNT MEAN“PRO”ABORTION‼️#HERBODYHERCHOICE— Cher (@cher) June 27, 2016
I'm disappointed in the Court’s decision. But our fight to protect women’s health & promote life will not stop here. pic.twitter.com/sG0TyuT521— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 27, 2016
Fuck yeah. https://t.co/ohIWtdqzS4— Amy Brenneman (@TheAmyBrenneman) June 27, 2016
You gotta wonder if Justice Kennedy ever wants to just say "How many times do I have to tell you people!?!?" - https://t.co/YVIv53DNhg— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) June 27, 2016
Supreme Court just threw out Texas' right wing abortion law w/ a 5-3 vote. Blocking Obama's replacement for Scalia is sure working out well!— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2016
Good news. https://t.co/I6u1laZHbM— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) June 27, 2016