The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear its first abortion case in eight years, over a Texas law that imposes tighter regulations on abortion providers.
“Today the Supreme Court took an important step toward restoring the constitutional rights of millions of women, which Texas politicians have spent years dismantling through deceptive laws and regulatory red tape,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
The case may lead to the reversal of a controversial court ruling issued last June that would have resulted in the closure of all but 10 clinics in the state of Texas, allowing the requirements to immediately take effect.
The controversial legislative proposal, which was approved by the Texas Legislature in 2013, requires that all abortion clinics fulfill the same construction, equipment and staffing standards as ambulatory surgery centers.
Currently, 22 states require abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers, such as having prescribed corridor widths and room sizes.
Another contested provision mandates doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
Abortion providers say full implementation of the Texas law would reduce the number of clinics from 42 to 10 in the nation's second-largest state.
In a 2014 poll by the Pew Research Center, 51 percent of U.S. citizens said abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 43 percent said abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.