Abortion providers said, "The rules, which included requiring clinics to follow costly hospital-like building standards, amount to a multi-million dollar tax on abortion services and would have forced all but nine of the sprawling state's clinics to close."
The order, which won the support of five out of the nine justices, blocks implementation of the law while the court considers whether to hear an appeal. Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder of Whole Woman's Health, which operates six clinics in Texas, said, "We're relieved that the high court has, once again, prevented anti-choice politicians from pushing safe and affordable abortion care entirely out of reach for Texas women."
Women living in smaller towns and rural areas have been hardest-hit by the closures of the abortion clinics as nearly all the clinics are in the state's five large cities. Similar restrictions enforced in other states have led to a sharp decline in the number of abortion clinics in recent years.
The US Supreme Court is currently considering a case that could lead to the closure of the last abortion provider in the state of Mississippi. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, "Texas will continue to fight for higher-quality healthcare standards for women while protecting our most vulnerable, the unborn, and I'm confident the Supreme Court will ultimately uphold this law."