>> The Supreme Court's stunning decision Monday was a wake-up call for abortion opponents who have worked to limit the procedure in their states. I'm David Ingram in Washington. The Court's ruling that Texas stepped over the line dealt a severe setback to efforts around the country. States have put restrictions on abortion doctors, on abortion clinics.
They have added waiting periods, parental consent and other incremental steps to make abortion more difficult to obtain. Today the Supreme Court said it would have little patience to uphold those restrictions. This case was the biggest ruling for abortion rights in more than 20 years. The Supreme Court, by a decisive 5-3 majority, struck down Texas' abortion restrictions.
And made it more difficult for any other state to try to limit women's access to abortions. This ruling is the third major ruling since 1973 to make clear that abortion is a constitutionally protected right. In 1973, the Court held in Roe versus Wade that the constitution protects a woman's right to an abortion.
In 1992, the Court held by a 6-3 majority that they would not strike down the constitutionally protected right. This ruling leaves abortion opponents in a difficult spot. We can expect efforts around the country to cut off funding for organizations such as Planned Parenthood. We can expect Republicans in Congress to take every opportunity they can to try to restrict abortion.
If a Republican President wins in November 2016, we could expect him or her to take various actions to try to restrict abortion. States, however, are going to be severely limited. Texas and other states that have sought to incrementally reduce access to abortions are going to see their ability to do so greatly reduced.