Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Regulations: Hollywood Reacts

Pete Marovich/Getty Images

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:

comments powered by Disqus