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September 6, 2016

Women’s Health and Abortion Rights: Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt

Author Affiliations
  • 1O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2016;316(9):925-926. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.11074

Nearly a quarter century ago, the Supreme Court asked pro-choice and right-to-life advocates “to end their national division by accepting a common mandate rooted in the Constitution.”1 Nothing of the sort materialized. If anything, the social and political battles intensified, with states enacting 1074 abortion restrictions (Table).2 The Court has not considered various appeals in the face of an avalanche of legislation, but on June 27, 2016, it struck down 2 onerous restrictions on physicians and clinics offering abortion services.