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Abortion-rights activists celebrate on the Supreme Court plaza after decision

Gathered below the Supreme Court’s steps Monday, abortion-rights activists celebrated the 5-3 decision striking down abortion restrictions in Texas.

The case in question came from laws passed in the Texas Legislature in 2013 that required doctors who perform abortions to have surgical admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and mandated that abortion clinics meet the standards of an outpatient surgical center.

Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder of plaintiff Whole Woman’s Health, praised the decision.

“They should’ve known, you don’t mess with Texas women,” she said to cheers on the court steps.

Hagstrom Miller acknowledged that clinics shut down because of the Texas law won’t reopen overnight, but she committed her group to working toward such a goal. She called upon others to eliminate the stigma associated with abortion and work to push legislation that makes access to care more affordable and convenient for women across the country.

Abortion-rights activists and opponents arrived at the Supreme Court hours before the decision was issued, taking over the court's plaza and lingering after the decision was announced.

Here's what it looked like outside the Supreme Court:


9:58 a.m.: This article was updated with comments from abortion-rights advocates.

7:17 a.m.: This article was updated with additional details.

This article was originally published at 6:16 a.m.

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