Key events surrounding Texas abortion restriction law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Key events leading up to Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down the strict Texas anti-abortion restriction law known as HB2.

— January 2013: Then-Gov. Rick Perry says he wants “to make abortion at any stage a thing of the past” as the Republican-controlled Legislature returns to work. At the time, more than 40 abortion clinics are operating in Texas.

— June 2013: Democrat Sen. Wendy Davis temporary blocks passage of sweeping anti-abortion legislation with an 11-hour filibuster inside a raucous Texas Capitol packed with protesters. The legislation, known as HB2, is later approved by the Legislature.

— July 2013: Perry, also a Republican, signs HB2 into law during a special legislative session.

— October 2013: At least 12 abortion clinics close after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the new law’s requirement that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

— August 2014: Texas has 19 remaining abortion clinics when a trial begins over a second major component of the law that requires clinics to meet expensive, hospital-level operating standards.

— June 2015: The 5th Circuit upholds the law in full, and all but nine Texas abortion clinics face imminent closure. But the U.S. Supreme Court issues a stay, temporarily blocking enforcement of the law, as it considers the case.

— June 2016: Supreme Court strikes down HB2 in 5-3 decision. Justice Stephen Breyer’s majority opinion held that the regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit a woman’s right to an abortion.

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