I worked as a multimedia reporter for SCOTUSblog in front of the Supreme Court on decision days for OT 2015, sending back photos in real-time to be used on a live blog. I also researched and analyzed how those opinions could apply to state laws and created several graphics projects to visually represent the decisions and data.
In June the Court struck down two provisions in a Texas law regulating abortions in that state. One required physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals less than thirty miles from the abortion clinic, while the other required clinics to have facilities comparable to ambulatory surgical centers.
More than two dozen states have requirements that are at least somewhat similar; some of those requirements either are or recently were also the subject of legal challenges. Most notably, just one day after its ruling in the Texas case, the Court rejected requests by officials in Wisconsin and Mississippi to review lower-court decisions blocking the enforcement of admitting privileges requirements in those states.
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A slideshow gallery of the happenings outside the Court while it was releasing opinions on June 27, 2016.
A slideshow gallery of the events outside the Court during one of its decision days on June 23, 2016.