Texas Abortion Case Draws Hundreds to Supreme Court

Sasse, R-Neb., exits the Supreme Court to speak to anti-abortion protesters Wednesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers braved Wednesday’s heavy winds to stand outside the Supreme Court in solidarity with advocates opposing abortion or arguing for abortion rights.  

The eight-member Supreme Court heard a case on a Texas law that requires abortions to be done in ambulatory surgical centers and requires doctors to have admitting privileges to local hospitals and clinics. Hundreds of protesters rallied in front of the court, while police struggled to keep traffic on First Street moving. “It is probably the most monumental decision that we’re going to see in a very, very long time here,” Rep. Lois Frankel, a Florida Democrat who supports abortion rights, told HOH. “You see the word 'trapped'? It’s called trapped legislation. It’s targeting the regulations of abortion clinics, so they really can’t perform a legal abortion.”